UW Graduate School

Application Procedures


For all applicants the application deadline is January 15 for autumn quarter admission. Applications which are complete and submitted on-line on or before this date will be reviewed by the appropriate admission committee.


For more detailed information on which documents need to be submitted on-line or mailed and to what address, please go to our Program Search page and search for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Interdisciplinary PhD.

To apply for admission to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies

To qualify for application to the Program the applicant will have acquired an M.A. or its equivalent in a discipline or field directly related to the proposed Ph.D. work, a third-year competence in a regional language, and a reading knowledge of a second language pertinent to his/her Ph.D. research. To apply for this program, submit the following via the online application:

  1. On-line Graduate Admissions application.
  2. Unofficial transcripts of all college work.
  3. GRE scores sent by ETS (institution code 4854).
  4. Three letters of recommendation submitted online. (These should be academic references. If possible one should be a language reference, and at least one should be from a scholar familiar with the applicant’s work in the humanities, history and/or social sciences. Lacking one of these, a professional/employer letter may be submitted.)
  5. Writing sample–preferably an academic work.
  6. Résumé or vita.
  7. TOEFL or other English Language Proficiency test scores (international students only).
  8. Statement of purpose with the Program Application Form.

The statement of purpose should describe succinctly the applicant’s background, proposed course of study, and future goals in one to two typed pages. Be as specific as possible regarding the areas of interest and the languages proposed for Ph.D. work. The statement of purpose assists the admissions committee to assess a possible match between applicant goals and program resources. The statement of purpose should also identify the principal faculty members with whom the applicant wishes to work. Use the Program Application Form as the cover page of the Statement of Purpose.

Regarding the writing sample, indicate the purpose for which the writing sample was originally intended (e.g., as an M.A. Thesis, a course term paper, a scholarly presentation, etc.).

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies is committed to inclusiveness and diversity among its students, faculty, and staff. For programs specifically addressing graduate school diversity please see the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program web site.

Interdisciplinary PhD Program in
Near & Middle Eastern Studies

University of Washington
Box 352192, 311 Loew Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-2192

International Applicants

An international applicant is anyone who is NOT a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident. If you fit this definition, review our information about admission and application requirements for international students.

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Many of our students have gained support through Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS). We encourage applicants who qualify to apply for FLAS fellowships in addition to filling out program application materials.

Please note: You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Other sources of funding that one might consider are listed at the following sites: