Thank you for your interest in our degree programs. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) of Harvard University administers admissions to the graduate programs offered in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Please refer to the instructions provided on the GSAS website.
NOTE: Online submission of applications is required. Please do NOT send any application materials to the department. Do not click on "submit application" until you have uploaded your writing sample and unofficial transcript.The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and NELC cannot guarantee consideration of any material received after the application deadline.
In addition to the application materials requested by GSAS, no application to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations will be considered complete unless accompanied by a recent sample of the student's written work (e.g., term paper, senior thesis, master's essay, etc.). There is not a specified length for this writing sample. However, one should keep in mind that the admissions committee may not have the time to examine carefully a large writing sample in its entirety. Please upload your writing sample to your online application along with your statement of purpose and unofficial transcript.
On the application for admission you are asked to indicate the number and name of the program and subject that you anticipate studying at the Graduate School. Listed below are the programs and subjects offered in NELC.
4955 Ancient Near Eastern Studies
4956 Jewish History and Culture
4957 Histories and Cultures of Muslim Societies
GRE scores and TOEFL scores should be reported to Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Code 3451. NELC does not have a set minimum GRE score required for admissions. Given the competitive nature of admissions to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), where approximately 12 percent of the applicant pool is offered admissions, the GRE score is taken seriously and is an important part of the application. The department looks at the scores within the context of all the submitted application materials in order to assess the applicant's potential for graduate study at Harvard.
According to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), "A minimum score of 80 on the Internet based test (IBT) on the TOEFL is required for consideration by the Graduate School; some individual departments may require a higher score. Applicants who took the TOEFL more than two years ago must repeat the test. No test other than the TOEFL IBT will be acceptable as proof of English proficiency. Additionally, GSAS will use students’ scores on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT to determine the oral proficiency of admitted students. It is therefore highly recommended that applicants take the TOEFL IBT whenever possible."
For the Master of Arts (A.M.) program: Before seeking admission, applicants will normally have attained a basic knowledge of a Near Eastern language central to their field of concention. In addition, advanced reading knowledge of either French or German is required before admission; the student will be tested prior to the first week of classes in the first term. For the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) program: Before seeking admission, applicants will normally have attained an ability to read and comprehend sources in the Near Eastern language central to their field of concentration. In addition, advanced reading knowledge of French or German is required before admission to the doctoral program; the student will be tested prior to the first week of classes in the first term.
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