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The Department recruits highly qualified students, and admits only a limited number of the strongest applicants. The Admissions Committee rarely grants provisional or conditional admission to the graduate program. Because the Department admits a very limited number of M.A. applicants, students whose ultimate objective is the Ph.D. should apply for direct admission to that program. Admission is granted only for the Fall Semester.

Instructions for completion of applications can be found in the Graduate School application booklet. It is the student's responsibility to see that all necessary materials are received by the University. A completed application must include an application form, a personal statement indicating reasons for pursuing graduate study, transcripts from previous institutions, both undergraduate and graduate, an official report of GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.