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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Graduate seminars are offered on a variety of subjects and time periods each semester.  Special strengths include medieval and early modern studies, 19th century studies, and contemporary literatures. Students and faculty work closely together in the classroom as well as outside, especially through the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, the 19th century studies seminar, the Wang Visiting Scholars series, and special events.

The program offers a comprehensive training in critical theory as well as literary and cultural studies, exposing students to a diversity of texts within a global and transnational context. A large faculty serves a small student body to allow for close interaction and mentoring at every stage of graduate study. Our graduate students have access to extraordinary research archives, such as the Folger Shakespeare Library, Library of Congress, National Archives and libraries connected to the many museums in Washington, D.C.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – January 5 (Ph.D.); April 1 (M.A.)
Spring – October 1 (M.A. only)

Standardized test scores:

The General GRE test is required and the Subect GRE test is recommended (institutional code 5246). GRE general test waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required: 

Three (3) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:
 

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.

Additional requirements: 

A recent writing sample is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements. Please note: The minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on the paper-based test or 100 on the Internet-based test.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday