Application

To apply to the MA Program in Islamic Studies, please use the Standard Application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The complete application includes transcripts of all previous post-secondary education, a statement of academic purpose, a CV or resume, two letters of evaluation from academic sources, GRE scores (general test only), a writing sample, and an application fee (see here or checklist below).

International applicants must fulfill an English proficiency requirement. For more information, refer to the Information for International Students page.

Deadline for Spring 2019 admission: Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Deadline for Fall 2019 admission: Friday, February 15th, 2019

Students entering in the fall may apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. If you are applying for the FLAS Fellowship, you must submit your admission application, including the FLAS essay, by the fellowship application deadline.
You can find the FLAS Application Portal here.

FLAS Fellowship Deadline: Friday, February 15th, 2019


Application Requirements Checklist:

  • CV or resume

  • Statement of academic purpose:
    The statement of academic purpose allows the university to evaluate your ability to succeed academically and the reasons you wish to undertake the degree. It should describe briefly your academic and/or professional background (relevant coursework, professional experience or other activity pertaining to your academic interests); indicate your plans for graduate study at Columbia; and explain clearly the relation of your studies to your plans after completing the MA

  • Writing sample:
    The writing sample should be 8-10 pages long, preferably a paper that you have written for a course pertaining to the general field of Islamic studies. Alternatively, you may provide a focused essay written in an academic style that examines an article, book, exhibit, or event relevant to your field of interest.

  • GRE General Test score

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation:
    If you have recently received an academic degree or have recent academic experience, letters of recommendation from faculty are preferred. If you have not been enrolled in an academic program in recent years, professional recommendations are acceptable.

  • Academic transcript:
    One transcript showing courses and grades per school attended.

  • English proficiency (If applicable):
    All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the TOEFL or IELTS exams. For more information, refer to the Information for International Students page.