Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What graduate programs do you offer?
  2. Do you offer any joint programs?
  3. Will you grant me conditional acceptance to one of your programs?
  4. How do I apply to one of your graduate programs? What is required for the application? When is the deadline to apply?
  5. What would make me a successful applicant to your program(s)?
  6. What TOEFL score is required for admission to your graduate programs?
  7. What GRE score is required for admission to your graduate programs?
  8. What level of Arabic proficiency is required for admission to your graduate programs?
  9. Can I complete my degree part-time?
  10. How long will it take me to complete my degree program?
  11. I am a prospective undergraduate student interested in applying to Georgetown as an Arabic major. What are the admission requirements for your program?
  12. What study abroad opportunities do your offer?
  13. Do you offer online courses or degree programs?
  14. Do you offer night or weekend language classes?
  15. Can I take Arabic courses at Georgetown if I am not a current Georgetown student?
  16. How do I enroll through the DC Consortium of Universities?
  17. Do you offer language courses over the summer?
  18. How can I request to be added to the department’s listserv?
  19. Do you offer scholarships or teaching assistantships to your students? What is the cost of tuition?
  20. How can I arrange to meet with a professor in the department?
  21. Do you offer Spring admission to your graduate programs?
     

What graduate programs do you offer?

Our department offers MA and PhD programs in Arabic & Islamic Studies.

Do you offer any joint programs?

We do offer a joint AB/MA program to undergraduate students in their junior year who have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the major. Please see the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters section of our website for further information on this program in particular.

We also offer a joint MA Arab Studies/Ph.D Arabic. These are actually two separate programs, but you apply using one online application. The Arabic & Islamic Studies Ph.D. is through the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the MAAS program is through the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Both programs require transcripts, recommendations, GRE scores, etc., but there may be additional materials that CCAS requests that our department does not and vice versa.

Will you grant me conditional acceptance to one of your programs?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an acceptance letter unless you apply and are accepted into the program. The application deadline for the Fall semester is December 15. For more information on how to apply to the program, please visit the Application Procedures section of our website. 

How do I apply to one of your graduate programs? What is required for the application? When is the deadline to apply?

The application procedures are outlined on our website under Application Procedures. There you will find a list of required application materials. This includes an online application, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a statement of purpose and a 10-20 page writing sample. A TOEFL score is also required for non-native English speakers. An advanced knowledge of Arabic is required (typically 3 years of Arabic language instruction) to apply, but a BA in Arabic is not necessary. The deadline to apply for Fall admission is 15 December.

What would make me a successful applicant to your program(s)?

It is difficult to determine what makes an applicant stand out, as the admissions committee looks at every aspect of an application. The department does not have minimum test score requirements, and the level of competitiveness varies from year to year depending on the quality of applications. However, please note that our program requires advanced Arabic proficiency, which is usually 3+ years of formal Arabic instruction.

What TOEFL score is required for admission to your graduate programs?

TOEFL is offered as an internet-based exam, computer-based exam, or paper-based exam. It does not matter which exam you take, but the department does have minimum requirements for each: a score of 100 for the internet-based exam (iBT), a score of 260 for the computer-based exam (CBT) and a score of 620 for the paper-based exam (PBT).

We typically require that you have a TOEFL score of at least 620 in order to apply to our program. However, if you feel that this score does not represent your current knowledge of English and you plan on taking the exam again in the near future, you can certainly note that in your application and it will be taken into consideration.

What GRE score is required for admission to your graduate programs?

We do not have a minimum GRE score requirement for admission to our programs as the applicant pool varies annually. Please visit the ETS website for information on how to sign up for this exam.

What level of Arabic proficiency is required for admission to your graduate programs?

Unfortunately, the language requirement to be admitted to this program is fairly strict. We require that students have at least three (3) years of Arabic study, less than that and a student really does not have the level of language proficiency necessary to succeed in our seminar classes. If you feel your Arabic requires improvement before submitting an application, the USDA Grad School offers classes as does the Middle East Institute.

Can I complete my degree part-time?

The MA Arabic program does have a part-time option; however, some of the required courses are offered during the day, so please keep that in mind if you are only available during evenings.

How long will it take me to complete my degree program?

The Ph.D. program takes approximately 5 years to complete--4 years of coursework and 1+ years to work on comprehensive exams and dissertation. The Graduate School places a limit of 7 years on a Ph.D., and a limit of 3 years on a MA, but some students are able to extend the program if extra time is needed.

I am a prospective undergraduate student interested in applying to Georgetown as an Arabic major. What are the admission requirements for your program?

Information regarding curriculum, degrees offered, and admission requirements are available in the Programs section of our website. Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for information regarding admissions, tuition, and scholarship opportunities. If you are interested in speaking with someone from the department in person, please call the office to schedule a meeting.

What study abroad opportunities do your offer?

We require our Undergraduate Arabic Majors to study abroad for at least one semester. A list of Georgetown-approved programs, as well as more detailed information on studying abroad, can be found at the Office of International Program’s website.

Do you offer online courses?

Thank you for your interest in our program. Our program does not offer online language courses, nor do we offer online degree programs at this time. For a complete list of the courses we offer on campus please visit the University's schedule of classes.

Do you offer night or weekend language classes?

Unfortunately, we do not offer classes at night or on weekends. We recommend you contact the USDA Grad School or the Middle East Institute as they may offer courses more suited to your schedule.

Can I take Arabic courses at Georgetown if I am not a current Georgetown student?

Our Arabic courses are restricted to Georgetown students or students taking courses through the consortium. Non-degree graduate students cannot take instructional Arabic courses because they are below the 350 level. Additionally, we do not allow outside auditors to sit in on our courses.

How do I enroll through the DC Consortium of Universities?

In order to enroll as a consortium student please first contact your home university Consortium Coordinator to submit an official Consortium request. Once registration begins at Georgetown for the semester, please contact the course’s professor for written permission to join their course. Then, provide that written permission to your home Coordinator with your request and they will forward the form and permission to Georgetown. If the requested course is not full, nor restricted, nor excluded from Consortium, you will be registered.

Do you offer language courses over the summer?

The Summer Arabic and Persian Institute offered through the School of Continuing Studies offers intensive Arabic and Persian language courses, as well as Arabic content courses during the summer. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information on these courses and application procedures.

How can I request to be added to the department’s listserv?

Unfortunately, our department does not, at this time, have a list-serv email. You are welcome to contact the Georgetown Faculty of Language and Linguistics and request to be added to their list-serv if you wish.

Do you offer scholarships or teaching assistantships to your students? What is the cost of tuition?

Our department does offer a limited number of scholarships to qualified Ph.D. applicants. There is no funding available for MA students at this time. Funding for Ph.D. applicants typically includes full tuition (up to 9 credits) and a monthly stipend in exchange for serving as a teaching assistant. You will be automatically considered for funding when your application is reviewed (there is a box to check on the application that says that you would like to be considered for funding). For a list of current tuition and fees, as well as payment information, please visit Student Accounts.

How can I arrange to meet with a professor in the department?

Our professors are happy to meet with you. However, please email them directly to arrange a time and day that is convenient for their schedules as we generally do not accept walk-ins. 

Do you offer Spring admission to your graduate programs?

Unfortunately, we do not offer Spring admission for our graduate programs. We only accept students to start in the Fall semester which usually begins at the end of August.