Supplemental Materials

Many graduate programs have special application requirements, such as writing samples, portfolios, auditions, or personal interviews. Please read the website or brochure for the program to which you are applying carefully and fulfill all the requirements it specifies. Unless otherwise instructed, writing samples and resumes should be attached to your online application in the space provided. Items not a part of your online application should be sent directly to the department.

  • Anthropology: Writing sample of up to 15 pages.
  • Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics: Résumé.
  • Computer Engineering: Résumé.
  • Digital Arts & New Media: Online portfolio; résumé.
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Résumé.
  • Education M.A.: Writing sample; résumé.
  • Education Ph.D.: Writing sample, preferably in education or related field; résumé.
  • Electrical Engineering: Résumé.
  • Environmental Studies: Writing sample recommended.
  • Feminist Studies: Writing sample of 10-20 pages.
  • Film & Digital Media: Writing sample of up to 10 pages; portfolio of creative work if available; CV/résumé.
  • Games & Playable Media: Online portfolio; résumé.
  • History: Writing sample of up to 30 pages.
  • History of Consciousness: Writing sample of up to 10 pages.
  • Latin American & Latino Studies: Writing sample of 10-15 pages; résumé.
  • Linguistics: Writing sample.
  • Literature: Writing sample of 15-20 pages. An additional writing sample is required of those applying to the Creative/Critical concentration: 20-25 pages of prose (prose fiction, creative non-fiction, or hybrid/cross genre); or 10-12 pages of poetry.
  • Music M.A.: Writing sample; composition score (Composition emphasis applicants only); musical recording uploaded to an online streaming site, such as soundcloud.com (required for Performance emphasis applicants, optional for Composition emphasis applicants).
  • Music: D.M.A.: Writing sample; composition score, composition recording (optional).
  • Music Ph.D.Ph.D. Applicants with a bachelor's degreeWriting sample; Optional materials demonstrating musical skills (e.g., compositions, a performance, or lecture-recital); Ph.D. Applicants with a master's degreeWriting sample of substantial length; Optional materials demonstrating musical skills (e.g., compositions, a performance, or lecture-recital).
  • Ocean Sciences: Résumé.
  • Philosophy: Writing sample of 4,000-6,000 words.
  • Politics: Abstract of a scholarly written work (1200-1500 words), which represents the applicant’s best research and capacity to engage in scholarly inquiry. The work need not be in the area of politics, but should reveal an ability to address abstract issues, and formulate and investigate precise hypotheses. The abstract may represent a term paper, thesis, article, conference paper, or problem solution. The entire work upon which the abstract is based should be available to be sent electronically to the admissions committee upon request.
  • Social Documentation: Analytical writing sample; résumé; online sample of documentary production work; project proposal/description.
  • Sociology: Writing sample approximately 20 pages, preferably in Sociology or related field.
  • Statistics & Applied Mathematics: Résumé.
  • Theater Arts: Résumé; applicants may be asked to submit a videotape of their performance work, a design portfolio or a sample of their written work.
  • Technology & Information Management: Résumé.
  • Visual Studies: Writing sample of up to 20 pages.

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