Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in applying to a graduate program at UCLA for 2018-19.  UCLA is transitioning to a new admissions system. Although we are trying to minimize disruptions to applicants and recommenders, we strongly suggest that you prepare your application documents offline, including the statement of purpose and any writing samples or attachments. When you begin working online, please remember to save your work often.  If technical issues arise, you may be asked to resubmit part of your application.

The letter of recommendation submission module has been taken offline temporarily. Please see below for guidance on completing your application and submitting your letters of recommendation.

  • If you’ve already completed the application: Congratulations!  We look forward to reviewing your application.
  • If you have not completed the application: Do not begin or continue your online application until the new application environment is available in mid-November.
  • If you’ve already entered your requests for letters of recommendation: In mid-November, you will receive notification of the status of your LORs and, if needed, steps to complete the LORs
  • If you’re waiting to enter your requests for letters of recommendation: Check back in mid-November for the updated application and LOR environment.

Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure a smooth transition for applicants and recommenders.

– UCLA Graduate Division

Thank you for your interest in applying for our graduate program in Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures. Before you begin preparing your application materials, please be sure to read our section on eligibility to make sure that you possess the requisite qualifications to apply for our program.

Graduate Degrees Offered

The Department of Near Eastern Studies currently offers the following degrees: (1) Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, (2) Arabic, (3) Armenian, (4) Assyriology, (5) Egyptology, (6) Hebrew Bible, (7) Iranian Studies, (8) Islamic Studies, (9) Levant Studies, (10) Near Eastern Archaeology, (11) Semitics, and (12) Turkic Studies.

Although the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures offers both MA and PhD degrees, we admit only those students who plan to ultimately pursue a PhD with the exception of Arabic and Islamic Studies.


The Department admits students for the Fall Quarter only and does not allow deferred admission. All application materials for admission to the Department’s graduate program should be received by January 5th and results can be expected in March.


To be considered for financial aid, students must fill out the FAFSA by their deadline every year. Applicants who apply through FASFA are automatically considered for financial aid and funding once they apply. Applicants are highly encouraged to apply for external scholarships and funding opportunities as well. Please check our Funding Opportunities and Graduate Division’s Financial Support webpages for more information.


For both the masters and doctoral program, the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Applicants with a master’s degree can apply directly into the doctoral program, but applicants with a bachelor’s degree must achieve a master’s degree prior to the PhD program either through another institution or our own. To be accepted, applicants typically have a GPA of at least a 3.25 and competitive GRE scores.

Application Process

You must apply electronically for graduate admission and financial aid. You will find the online application on the Graduate Division webpage.

Applicants are asked to upload the following items to the online application:

    1. Applicants must submit one official record (transcript) from each academic institution attended. These must bear the actual signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution.
    2. International applicants whose first language is not English must certify their proficiency in English. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL/IELTS school code is 4837; the department code is 57. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is an 87 (on the electronic test). The minimum IELTS score is 7. We will not accept TOEFL/IELTS scores once they expire 2 years after the exam date. We accept TOEFL/IELTS scores until the first week of January and cannot accept them afterwards.
    3. A statement of purpose, explaining their background for graduate study in the specialization of their choice. Please include immediate and long-range goals in the field in the statement. Statements of purpose should primarily focus on intellectual interests and research plans, though autobiographical material can be useful where it is clearly relevant. The statement of purpose must be a maximum of 2 pages double spaced.
    4. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants should take the exams no later than October or November. We will not accept GRE scores that have expired after three years the test was taken. For further information about exams, please contact Educational Testing Service at (609)-771-7670 or visit You should instruct ETS to send a hard-copy of your scores to the Department. The GRE school code is 4837; the department code is 2602. While there is no minimum GRE score, admitted applicants typically score at 80% or above in all areas (4.5 or higher for Analytical Writing).
    5. Three letters of recommendations from professors they have taken courses in or have worked closely with to verify the applicant’s academic record, strengths, and interest in our department.
    6. Applicants must submit a writing sample of 15 pages max as evidence of their academic work.

Mailing address to send academic transcripts, GRE and TOEFL by January 5th is:

UCLA Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Box 951511, 378 Humanities Building
Los Angeles, California 90095-1511


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