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Institute for the HumanitiesAdmissions

The Humanities program is open to all qualified holders of a B.A. or B.S. and is designed for full-time or part-time students, students who have recently completed their bachelor's degree, as well as nontraditional or adult students. Although admission is selective, the Humanities program recognizes that each individual has unique qualifications that should be taken into consideration.

In addition to meeting general University requirements for admission, applicants must:

  • Possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Have taken a minimum of 24 credit hours in liberal arts disciplines

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education from which they earned their undergraduate degree
  • Submit a writing sample reflecting their ability to do research and write intellectually
  • Submit two recommendation letters
  • Submit a statement of purpose that proposes an interdisciplinary program of study, discusses personal, intellectual and professional goals and explain the relationship of those goals to the intended program of study

We accept students for all semesters (Fall, Spring, or Summer). There is no deadline to apply (though the student may not be admitted for a semester that is already under way).

Students who have earned graduate credits prior to applying to the Humanities MA program may request up to 12 credits be considered toward the degree. Please fill out the Evaluation of Transfer Credits form.

All application inquiries should be made to the ODU Office of Graduate Admissions.


Admission to certificate programs

To be admitted to the certificates in Arts & Entrepreneurship, Health, Communication & Culture, and/or Social Justice & Entrepreneurship, you must A) be an incoming or continuing graduate student in any graduate degree program at ODU (including the Humanities MA), B) have earned a BA/BS degree from any institution of higher education and enrolled as a non-degree seeking student at ODU, C) pursuing a BA/BS-MA Linked program, or D) be a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.3 or better. While there is no application process, students must meet with the program director to discuss fit and objectives. Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA or better in certificate related courses in order to remain in the certificate program.

Admissions to linked programs

To be admitted to the Linked program, students must have declared a major in Art History, Art Studio, Communication, Geography, Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, or Women's Studies and completed a minimum of 60 undergraduate credit hours, including at least six hours of 300/400 level courses in the major. At the time of admission to the linked program, students must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better.

Interested students who meet the admission requirements should apply to the humanities graduate program director as soon as possible after completing the required 60 undergraduate hours.

Application materials include an application form, a writing sample, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. These should be submitted directly to the Institute's director.

Students will be officially admitted into the M.A. in humanities program once they have been awarded their bachelor's degree and have fulfilled all regular admission requirements for the M.A. in humanities. (Please refer to the appropriate section of this catalog for information on the requirements for the bachelor's degree in Art History, Art Studio, Communication, Geography, Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, and Women's Studies.)

Research Assistantships

We offer a limited number of assistantships--one in the summer (art gallery), and five in both fall and spring semesters (two in the art gallery, one with women's studies, one split between women's studies and gay cultural studies, and one as a research assistant to the Director). Students must be enrolled full-time (3-hours in the summer, 9-hours in fall and spring), and the work commitment is 20-hours per week. The graduate assistantship stipend is $5000 per semester but does NOT include tuition remission. The experience in each instance should prove invaluable to students' current or future work/educational goals.

To apply, please fill out an Application, and return it and any supporting documents to the Director or the Institute's office manager, Terri Hughes (via e-mail or by visiting the office). Students may be contacted for an interview. All full-time M.A.students in the program are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by March 15 for the following year.

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