Application Procedures

Listed below are the Department's requirements for admission to our graduate programs. For more detailed information, please refer to the Graduate School website, or contact their office. Additionally, you may send an email to arabic@georgetown.edu or to reach the Department.

***DO NOT SUBMIT ANY MATERIALS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ARABIC AND ISLAMIC STUDIES DIRECTLY. ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ONLINE OR SENT DIRECTLY TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.***

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline:
Fall Admission deadline is December 15th.

Entering students are required to have Arabic language competence equivalent at least to that attained by the end of the third year of intensive language study in the undergraduate program at Georgetown University. A placement exam is administered upon admission to the program. Study in the Arab world is strongly advised before completion of the Ph.D. degree; course equivalences will be evaluated for possible transfer of credit upon approval of the Graduate Committee.

In addition to advanced proficiency in Arabic, admission application requirements include:

  1. Graduate School Application Form
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee of $80
  3. Academic Statement of Purpose
  4. Official Transcripts of Academic Coursework and Degrees Earned
  5. Three Official Recommendations
  6. Supplemental Data Sheet
  7. Graduate Record Examination
  8. Proof of English Language Proficiency
  9. Writing Sample

Graduate School Application Form

Submission of the electronic application form will activate your application to the Graduate School. The application form must be submitted by the 15 December deadline. The online application system allows for the electronic submission of the application form and supporting application documents, such as the personal statement, resume, and writing sample, as well as online recommendations. All hard copy documents submitted in support of the application should be submitted in a self-assembled packet according to the guidelines outlined below.

A non-refundable application fee of $80

The application form must be submitted with a non-refundable application fee. Requests for waiver of the application fee are not accepted. The Graduate School requires that an application fee accompany any application to one of our graduate programs. Applicants will not receive a Graduate School decision on their application if the application fee is not paid. Please note that cash is not accepted as a form of payment; please pay by credit card at the time of application submission or check or money order.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Georgetown University" in U.S. dollars. Payment in foreign currency is not accepted. Clearly write the following information on the check or money order: applicant name, program applying to, and term of application.

Fee exceptions: Students who are currently enrolled in a master’s program at Georgetown University and are requesting Ph.D. status in the same program.

Academic Statement of Purpose

A 500-word Academic Statement of Purpose should be prepared and submitted with the application. The personal statement should address your intellectual interests, academic and professional objectives, and proposed topic(s) of graduate study.  

Online Statement of Purpose - Upload in the appropriate section and submit with the online application for automatic inclusion in your application record. Do not send a hard copy version of the online personal statement to avoid delays.
Dual Degree Programs - Submit one statement of purpose reflecting your interest and capabilities for studies in both academic programs.

Official Transcripts of Academic Coursework and Degrees Earned

Applicants for admission must provide hard copy official transcripts of ALL work beyond secondary school - undergraduate coursework, graduate coursework, study abroad courses, community college courses, and non-degree courses. A transcript is official when: submitted to the Graduate School in an envelope which is issued by the institution and sealed by your university's Registrar's office (or equivalent office) or submitted to the Graduate School from the institution via a secure electronic delivery, such as Scrip-Safe requested from the appropriate institution's Registrar, returned to you, and included unopened in your self-assembled application packet for mailing.

Applicants for admission will need to provide official transcripts or documents showing conferral of all degrees previously awarded. If a particular degree has not been awarded at the time of application:
the Graduate School will request documentation of the degree conferral at the time of admission;
admitted students intending to matriculate must submit all documentation of coursework and degrees awarded before class registration.

Official Foreign Transcripts should be accompanied by a notarized translation into English. The official notarized translation should be submitted to the Graduate School in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal by the notary.

International applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations and should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations can take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the Graduate School directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.

Photocopied / faxed documents cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.

Official Recommendations

Three official recommendations are required by the Graduate School. These recommendations must be from persons in positions to appraise the applicant's potential for graduate study. The Graduate School requires use of the online recommendation system. The online application utilizes a secure online recommendation system which will:

  • automatically email your recommendation providers with instructions for online submission of the recommendation;
  • allow applicants to track recommendations received or not received and follow up with recommenders who still need to submit their appraisals;
  • expedite the processing of the recommendations, which will be included in the online application once submitted.

A completed departmental Supplemental Data Sheet must be downloaded and filled out, then submitted with the online application.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score

Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants. There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without GRE scores. Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at: http://www.ets.org/gre/

Proof of English Language Proficiency

All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by:

  • the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English).
  • submission of an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report with a minimum score of 620 (paper-based test) or 260 (computer-based tests) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/.
  • submission of an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module score report with a minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org.

All official examination results must be submitted by the application deadline listed in the Admissions section of each graduate program listing; take no later than one month prior to the application deadline for the program; be received directly from the appropriate testing organization. Photocopied / faxed documents will not fulfill this requirement.

English Language Writing Test:

Non-native speakers of English, if admitted to the program, are required to take an on-campus English Language Screening Test before they register for their first semester of studies at Georgetown.
This is usually administered on the morning of the first day of registration. On the basis of the test, the Division of English as a Foreign Language will recommend appropriate courses, if required.
Graduate students with a TOEFL score of 620 or above are exempt from this requirement.

Writing Sample

This should be a 10-20 page, scholarly essay, in English, preferably on a topic related to the applicant’s field of study.