The 2021 application will be available in September on the Admissions webpage of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

We do not accept paper applications or supporting documents.

The online application tool closes promptly on Sunday, December 1, 2020 at 5 PM. Please check your application very carefully before submitting it.

A complete application includes:

1. Application form with all information provided (statement of purpose must be in English)

2. Transcripts

3. Reports of current GRE test scores (valid for five years)*

4. Current TOEFL or IELTS score if this requirement applies to you (valid for two years)*

5. CV

6. A writing sample of your best scholarly work in your chosen language of study; not to exceed 15-20 double spaced pages.

7. Three letters of recommendation (in English; if not in English, a certified translation will be required of all admitted students prior to registration)

Prospective applicants in Romance Languages and Literatures often ask about criteria for admissions decisions. The committees assess scholarly promise based on each student's dossier as a whole. We expect high GRE scores of our applicants. We consider test scores to serve as likely indices of academic potential, but also place them in the context of the candidate's overall profile. The GRE code is 3451.

The required minimum TOEFL score is 80 on the Internet-Based Test. Admitted candidates who score below 80 on the IBT will be required to retake the test obtaining a minimum score of 80 prior to fall term registration.

To all applicants holding previous Master’s degrees: At the beginning of the first year of studies, students may request credit for up to four semester-long courses taken elsewhere to their primary adviser and the DGS. Such requests will be accepted on the basis of need and plan. If it is accepted, students may then formally request registrar to record these credits. With registrar approval, and after the successful completion of one term of graduate studies at Harvard, these courses will be counted among their sixteen four-credit courses.

All applicants should note that our Master’s degree is not terminal. Students who enroll in Harvard’s graduate program in Romance Languages do so with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. The Graduate School provides generous and competitive financial support to its Ph.D. students. Many funded opportunities are available for travel abroad, such as research and/or teaching fellowships and exchanges sponsored by Harvard and outside institutions.

* Note: Test score reports
If you have personal score reports available, please scan, upload, and attach these to your application. If you do not yet have your official scores by the application deadline, please self-report them on the form; ETS transmits scores to us regularly.