Frequently Asked Questions
- What graduate programs do you offer?
- Will you grant me conditional acceptance to one of your programs?
- How do I apply to one of your graduate programs? What is required for the application? When is the deadline to apply?
- What would make me a successful applicant to your program(s)?
- What TOEFL score is required for admission to your graduate programs?
- What GRE score is required for admission to your graduate programs?
- What level of Arabic proficiency is required for admission to your graduate programs?
- Can I complete my degree part-time?
- How long will it take me to complete my degree program?
- I am a prospective undergraduate student interested in applying to Georgetown as an Arabic major. What are the admission requirements for your program?
- What study abroad opportunities do your offer?
- Do you offer online courses or degree programs?
- Do you offer night or weekend language classes?
- Can I take Arabic courses at Georgetown if I am not a current Georgetown student?
- How do I enroll through the DC Consortium of Universities?
- Do you offer language courses over the summer?
- How can I request to be added to the department’s listserv?
- Do you offer scholarships or teaching assistantships to your students? What is the cost of tuition?
- How can I arrange to meet with a professor in the department?
- Do you offer Spring admission to your graduate programs?
Our department offers MA and PhD programs in Arabic & Islamic Studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The language requirement to be admitted to this program is fairly strict. We require that students have at least three (3) years of intensive Arabic study.
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.
The Ph.D. program takes approximately 7 years to complete. Depending on whether you matriculate with or without an MA, coursework will take 2-3 years followed by comprehensive exams and the dissertation process. The Graduate School places a limit of 7 years on a Ph.D., and a limit of 3 years on a MA, but students are able to extend the program if extra time is needed by filling out a request for an extension of time.
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.
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 Global Education’s website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you wish to receive department emails regarding events, please send an email to Arabic@georgetown.edu.
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, but the department may be able to top off or match outside funding. 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. In order to be automatically considered for funding when your application is reviewed, you must check the box on your application that says 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.
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.
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.