Interested in Applying?

 

What degrees are granted by the Romance Languages and Literatures Department?

Students are admitted for the purposes of obtaining the PhD degree. Admitted students may earn a master’s during their time in the program, but no students are admitted for the purposes of gaining the master’s degree only.

What is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline is December 1st at 5 PM EST. The application closes promptly, and no extensions are provided.

What materials are required for the application?

The following items are necessary to complete the application. Please be advised that once an application is submitted no additional documents are accepted. Check your application very carefully before submitting it.

Items required are:

- application

- statement of purpose (written in English)

- transcripts

- current GRE scores

- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

- a writing sample of your best scholarly work in your chosen language of study (not to exceed 15-20 pages)

- three letters of recommendation

- application fee

- current TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only, whose undergraduate degree was granted by an institution where the primary language of instruction is a language other than English)

 

Do I need to have a master’s degree in order to apply to the PhD program?

A Master’s degree is not required to apply to the PhD Program. Admitted students with prior master’s degrees may be eligible to transfer credits for courses taken as a part of the master’s program, to be counted in fulfillment of the PhD requirements.

 

When will I hear whether I have been accepted into the program?

Final admission and waitlist offers are typically announced in the third week of February. 

 

If admitted, will I have an opportunity to visit the campus before I make my decision?

Admitted students will be asked to participate in a two day visit to campus, to meet with faculty and current students, and to learn about the many resources available to GSAS students. Visits take place at the end of March.

 

If admitted, what is the deadline to officially reply with my decision?

The deadline to officially reply to the admission offer is April 15th.

 

How long does it take to complete the program?

Typically, the program is completed within 6 to 7 years. The Timetable for Obtaining the PhD provides an overview of a standard progress to degree.

 

What are the academic requirements of the program?

The first two years of graduate study are spent on coursework. Normally, students take 16 four-credit courses during the first two years, with the possibility of credit given for work done as a part of a master’s program. Specific course requirements can be found in GSAS Policies. A First Year Exam is taken at the conclusion of the second term, and the General Exam by the end of the third year. This is followed by a Prospectus and completion of dissertation chapters.

 

What financial support is provided to PhD students?

Admitted students receive a standard funding package which guarantees full financial support- including tuition, health fees, and basic living expenses- for a minimum of five years (typically the first four years and the completion year. This includes a combination of tuition grants, stipends, teaching fellowships, research assistantships, and other academic appointments. Additional details can be found on the GSAS Funding and Aid website.

 

What additional funding is available?

Students making satisfactory academic progress, and having passed their General Exams, become eligible for the GSAS Professional Development Fund in their third year of study. The purpose of the $2,500 award is to facilitate student participation in workshops, conferences, and other activities which will help develop their skills, during their time in the program. In addition, some summer travel funding is provided by the department, based on availability, need, and purpose.

 

Should you need any additional information please contact Kathy Hanley at khanley@fas.harvard.edu.