GRADUATE admissions


    Students are admitted for the Fall Semester only each academic year. The deadline is December 15 (5:00pm Pacific Standard Time) of the year preceding the academic year in which admission is sought. The online application and instructions are available at:

    Graduate Admissions Process and How to Apply:

    1. Review the information on Graduate Admissions.
    2. Review the Graduate Division's minimum degree requirements for academic work.
    3. Review the departmental requirements; please note that applicants for the M.A. program should have fulfilled the equivalent of the Departmental requirements for the B.A. degree.
    4. Review the information on required materials for admission (below).
    5. Complete the Online Application.

    TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be submitted electronically by the deadline. For reporting the TOEFL scores, the UC Berkeley code is 4833 and the department code may be given as 2999 (Humanities) or 0000 (Other).

    TOEFL requirements:
    All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), one of the English language proficiency tests. However, TOEFL can be waived for those students who have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a U.S. university. Please note that TOEFL scores more than two years old at the time of application cannot be considered.

    *Following materials should be submitted by the deadline, before December 15th:
    (All supporting materials should be scanned in an easily readable-size PDF format and should be uploaded to the Graduate Division's online application system.
    (please Do Not mail any application materials, including transcripts):

    • Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement.
    • College/university level transcripts (foreign transcripts to be accompanied with official English translations). Unofficial transcripts will be acceptable by the Graduate Division for initial review. You will be asked to submit your original transcripts to the Graduate Division if you are accepted to the Program.
    • Writing sample (in English) -- approximately 20 pages that you have written for a college level course or the equivalent in any subject; this may be an excerpt from something longer than 20 pages or a complete paper. It can be something that has been published, or not.
    • Three letters of Recommendation should be uploaded by recommenders according to the directions in the online application or -- in unusual circumstances -- should be submitted, on an official or departmental letterhead, directly from the recommenders to: <>.

    Recommended format for naming your uploads: Your last name_Document Name

    Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered for review by the Department. Applicants to the graduate program should note that the Department will make its recommendations on admission applications immediately following the admission application deadline. For this reason it is important that all parts of the student's application, including all college level transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample are submitted by the deadline.

    Fellowship deadlines for incoming students are the same as the admission application deadlines. Entering students may apply by filling out the appropriate portion of the admission application. FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowships and multi-year UC fellowships are administered through the Graduate Division on the basis of a campus-wide competition. The department typically nominates admitted doctoral students of outstanding achievement for competition-based university-wide fellowships. Competition for Magistretti fellowships, Block Grant awards, and smaller stipends and nonresident tuition grants is department-based. Graduate applicants who are members of certain ethnic minority groups may qualify for the University's Graduate Opportunity Program. Please refer to the Graduate Division for details. Applicants for any of these awards who are U.S. citizens or Residents are asked to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Please fill out the appropriate sections for domestic or international fellowships applicants on the online Graduate Application.

    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
    FLAS Fellowships provide opportunity to study critical and less commonly taught modern foreign languages of the following world areas: Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe/Russia/Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

    Applicants to the language programs are strongly advised to submit FLAS Essay.

    In the essay, the applicant has to demonstrate the need to acquire a high level of competency in a target language (other than the applicant's primary language of study) for the applicant's field and career.



    Please note that readmission applicants as well as those who have been away from the university for more than 5 years, and Berkeley students who intend to change their degree/major must use the same online application and submit the same documentation as those applying for initial admission. The application deadline is December 15.