Applying to an SLA Graduate Program

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution may be offered admission to the School of Liberal Arts graduate program if their academic record and personal attributes indicate the ability to pursue advanced study successfully. Applicants must present evidence, to the satisfaction of the department or the program committee concerned, of adequate preparation for the subjects in which they seek to specialize. All students must hold an undergraduate degree before enrolling.  With special permission from the department, an applicant may seek admission as a special, non-degree student to pursue up to 9 hours of study which does not lead to a degree.

Application Deadlines

The deadlines listed below are the standard School of Liberal Arts dates. However, individual departments may have different deadline dates. Please check the web site of the relevant department because some applications close earlier or later than the deadline below.

February 1 -   Fall admission and financial aid consideration
December 1 - Spring admission (Allowed only in a few departments on a very limited basis. Please contact the specific department.)
NOTE: Applications close on the specific department deadline and do not reopen until August 15.


Each department in the School of Liberal Arts has a unique online application link for GRADUATE admissions. Applications must be submitted online; paper applications are no longer accepted. The application fee is $50 payable by credit card at the time the application is submitted. Verified Mc Nair Scholars are the only applicants eligible for a waiver of the application fee.

The application links below are for PhD, MA and MFA applications to departments in the School of Liberal Arts ONLY. If a specific degree is not listed on the application it means the department is not offering that degree for the current application period. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree may apply directly to a PhD program; it is not necessary to have a Master’s degree in order to apply to a PhD program.

NOTE: Current Tulane students who wish to apply to any 4+1 MA program should NOT use the links below. Please download the 4+1 paper application which follows these department links.


Please select the link listed BELOW the department/degree to which you wish to apply:

  • ANTHROPOLOGY – PhD Application

  • ART STUDIO – MFA Application

  • CLASSICAL STUDIES – MA Application

  • CITY, CULTURE and COMMUNITY – PhD Application

  • DANCE  -  MFA Application  

The Dance MFA program is not accepting new students until the Fall 2018 semester.  Applications for the Dance MFA program will open August 15, 2017.

  • ECONOMICS – MA Application (MA ONLY)

ECONOMICS – PhD Application (PhD ONLY)

The Economics MA program accepts new students every year but the Economics PhD program only accepts new students every other year for admission in Fall of odd number years (ie. Fall 2017, Fall 2019). Applications for PhD program admission open August 15 of even number years for admission the following fall.  PhD applications for Fall 2017 admission open August15, 2016.

  • ENGLISH – MA Application

  • FRENCH STUDIES – PhD and MA Application

  • HISTORY – PhD and MA Applications

  • LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES – PhD and MA Applications

If you are interested in the Latin American Studies MA program in Costa Rica, please go to the Latin American Studies department information web page: and use the link at the bottom of that page to apply; do NOT use the link above.


  • LINGUISTICS – PhD and MA-Computational Linguistics
The only MA degree offered by the Linguistics Department is the MA in Computational Linguistics.

  • MUSIC – MFA application

  • MUSIC – MA Application

The Music Department admits MFA students every year but only admits MA students every other year for admission in odd numbers years (ie. Fall 2017, Fall 2019).  Applications for Fall 2017 admission to the Music MA and MFA programs open August 15, 2016.

  • PHILOSOPHY – PhD and MA Application

    The Political Science PhD program accepts new students every other year for admission in Fall of even number years (ie, 2016, 2018) and is NOT accepting new PhD students for  Fall 2017 admission.  Applications for Fall 2018 admission to the Political Science PhD program will open August 15, 2017.

  • SPANISH and PORTUGUESE – PhD and MA application

  • THEATRE -  MFA application

The Theatre MFA program accepts new students every other year for admission in Fall of odd number years (ie. 2017, 2019) ONLY. Applications for admission open in August of even number years for admission the following fall.  Applications for Fall 2017 admission open August 15, 2016.

  • 4+1 MA Application (for CURRENT Tulane students ONLY) – Download the paper application form and submit to appropriate department with the application fee. Please contact the Graduate Advisor in the department or check the department website for information on what documents should be submitted with the application.



Frequently Asked Questions about Submitting an Application to SLA Graduate School

1) What documents will I need to submit with my application?
The on-line application system will not allow an applicant to submit an application until all information on the application form is complete and required documents are attached to application. You may save a partially completed application and complete it later. To submit the application you must: a) fill in information in all parts of the application, b) self-report GRE scores if required and have taken the GRE test c) upload a statement of purpose, d) enter the names and requested contact information of three people who will submit (on-line) letters of academic and/or professional recommendation e) upload the most recent unofficial transcript from each university attended (for transcripts in a language other than English, please upload the original copy of a certified English translation with an explanation of the grading system) and f) upload writing sample, if required by the department (check department website for specific department requirements).

A completed application also includes GRE scores, TOEFL or other English language proficiency test score (if not native English speaker) and letters of recommendation.  More information about GRE scores, language scores and letters of recommendation follows in the questions below.

Should you be offered admission, you must send an official copy of your transcript from each institution you attended when you accept the admission offer. Official copies must either be in a sealed envelope, signed on the back by the University Registrar or sent electronically from the University's certified transcript transmission service.

2) What is expected in my statement of purpose?
Applicants should explain in detail why they are interested in the specific graduate program at Tulane; describe career goals, strengths and accomplishments relevant to the intended course of study. Generally statements of purpose should be no more than about 500 words.

3) How do my recommendation writers submit the letters?
The people you have selected to write a letter of recommendation will submit the letters electronically using the SLA on-line application system. You will enter the name and an e-mail address of each recommendation provider. Once the information is saved an e-mail will be sent to the recommendation provider with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the on-line recommendation. You do not have to submit the application in order for the recommendation instructions to be sent; the instructions will be emailed after you save the application in progress.

4) Where do I send my GRE scores?
All applicants should direct ETS to send their official GRE score reports to Tulane School of Liberal Arts, the code is: 6183. All applicants (except MFA) are required to submit GRE scores. Applicants must self-report their GRE score on the application AND request the official score be sent to the School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs Office. If you have not yet taken the GRE or language test, if applicable, you may still submit your application by answering "no" to the question "Have you taken the GRE or TOEFL, if applicable?" on the application. However the official test scores must be received by the application deadline.

5) Is TOEFL required for students from non-English speaking countries?
All applicants must present satisfactory evidence of sufficient competence to read, write, speak and understand spoken English. If you are from a non-English speaking country you are required to submit a TOEFL score unless you have received a degree from a U.S. University or a University in which courses were taught in English. TOEFL scores should also be sent to Tulane School of Liberal Arts, code: 6183.

6) What documents do International students need to submit?
In addition to all the documents mentioned above International students must submit the International Student Information Form and Financial Affidavit/ Financial Support Form before the paperwork needed for your Visa can be processed and you can be officially admitted and enroll in classes. These documents are not required for consideration for admission but are required should you accept an offer of admission.

7) What is 2016-2017 tuition and mandatory fees for the SLA graduate program *?

FULL TIME (9 or more credit hours     

(per semester)    

(per year)      

Tuition (PhD, MA, MFA )**

    MA – English, French, History,

    Linguistics, Philosophy, Economics,

    Spanish & Portuguese                                     



$ 8,172




Academic Support Service Fee



Reily Center Fee



Student Health Fee



Student Activities Fee




*Tuition and fees for the Fall 2016 through Spring 2017 semesters only. Tuition for the 2017 -2018 academic year has not yet been determined but is expected to increase 2% to 4%.

** This is the standard tuition rate for PhD, MFA and MA programs. However most departments offer a number of academic merit based tuition waivers and stipends (in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships or fellowships). All who apply are automatically considered for the tuition waiver/stipend if applicable in the specific department. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for need based aid. 

The tuition for selected MA programs (listed in the above chart) is offered at a special, reduced tuition rate. No tuition waivers and teaching assistantships/fellowships are available for these MA programs with reduced tuition.

Students who have completed their course work requirements are required to register for Master's Research 9980 (no credit hours) or Dissertation Research 9990 (no credit hours) in order to maintain continuous registration. A fee of $300.00 is charged each semester for this registration.

After applying, please read the Information for Incoming Students.


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