PhD in World Arts Program Entry Requirements

Any student interested in entry into the PhD in World Arts program must complete the graduate application form and submit all supporting documentation prior to March 16 to As part of this application, please submit proof of a completed MA degree with a minimum of 30 graduate semester hours in World Arts or a related field, and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (on a 4.00 scale). Please note that all academic records from institutions outside of the United States must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators ( This academic record evaluation process can take up to two months and must also be completed prior to March 16.


In addition, students must submit the following requirements to by April 1:

  1. Submit a summary of research interests (500-800 words).
  2. Submit a research-based writing sample, such as a peer reviewed publication, master’s thesis, or graduate-level paper of publishable quality.
  3. Schedule an interview with faculty from the Center for Excellence in World Arts.


All accepted applicants will be allowed to begin Phase 1 (see below) of the PhD program and will be assigned a faculty adviser.

The faculty adviser will evaluate all transcripts and syllabi (supplied upon request by the adviser) to determine if courses taken elsewhere satisfy the learning outcomes for the four MA core requirements. Before the student begins the coursework in Phase 1 of the program, the adviser will inform the student of any deficiencies that need to be completed before taking the Qualifying Exam and beginning Phase 2 of the program.

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