Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Admissions FAQ

What is the application deadline?

December 15, 2014 for Fall 2015.

Will my application be disqualified if it is not complete by the deadline?

No, but your application will be reviewed as is, and materials received after December 15 may not be considered by the admissions committee. Applicants with incomplete files are at a disadvantage in the review process. Please ensure that your test scores arrive on time and communicate with your instructors early so that their letters are received by the deadline.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Go to the Application Status Check to monitor the arrival of your application materials.

Do you accept applications for spring or summer entry?


Are courses offered online? Is it possible to complete a degree from a different location?

Not in general, no. However, there is an online Persian course offered each year. Please visit this page for more information.

How will my references know how to submit the letter of recommendation?

The Graduate and International Admissions Center will send a notification to the email addresses you listed for your instructors in your application. The email will contain the required links and instructions your references need to complete the recommendation process. The recommendation consists of an electronic cover sheet and the ability for them to attach a PDF version of their letter.

My references have not received an email from UT. What should I do?

1)    Be sure you have submitted and paid for the ApplyTexas application. No emails will be sent until you have done this.

2)    Go to the Online Recommendation System to generate another email and to ensure that the email address listed for your references is correct.

3)    Ask your references to check their junk/spam folder.

My references prefer to submit hard copy letters. Is this allowed?

No. Only letters submitted through the online system will be accepted.

May I submit more than three letters of recommendation?

Yes. While the Apply Texas application will only allow you to list 3 references, after this application is submitted & paid for, the Online Recommendation System permits applicants to send extra requests for recommendations beyond the original three.

I have been out of school for a while. Can I submit professional references in lieu of academic ones?

You may, but keep in mind that such references tend to carry less weight with the admissions committee unless your professional work was of an academic nature (i.e., involved significant research and writing).

Courses that I completed at one school are listed on the transcript for another school. Do I need to submit both transcripts?

No. However, it is still required that all post-secondary coursework is submitted, regardless of which transcript it appears on. If you have completed a study abroad program that doesn't provide a transcript, such courses should appear on the transcript of your home institution.

Must the writing sample be written in English?


What should the topic of the writing sample be?

There are no restrictions or specifications on the topic of your writing sample. While something related to the program to which you are applying is ideal, it is not required. Of greater importance is that the sample clearly illustrates your skills in research, writing, and analysis. This typically comes in the form of a research/seminar paper, or a part of an undergraduate/graduate thesis if applicable.

What if I don't meet the minimum requirements for GPA, test scores, and/or language proficiency?

Your chances of admission will be negatively affected. In some cases, students who fall below the C/DMES minimum (3.50 GPA) are still offered admission, but this is generally without funding and possibly a conditional admission.

How do I apply for funding?

All applicants are automatically considered for TA/AI funding based on their application for admission. The only funding resource for which a separate application is required is the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

Do I have to submit another set of transcripts and recommendation letters for the FLAS application?

No. You may use the transcripts and most or all of the letters from your admission application. However, bear in mind that the FLAS requires that one letter be a language reference that speaks specifically to your skills in the language for which you seek FLAS funding. If one of the three Apply Texas references is not a language reference, you will therefore need to have an additional recommendation letter submitted.

When will I be notified of the decision on my application?

Early February through mid-April.

Can I defer admission?

No. You must reapply during the next application cycle, but some of your applications materials may be reused. These are usually transcripts, test scores (if they have no expired) and recommendation letters. Contact the Graduate Coordinator before submitting your next application to discuss the details of your application.

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