Graduate programs at Dartmouth are small and selective, admitting the most highly qualified applicants whose academic backgrounds as well as personal and professional experiences have prepared them for achievement and excellence in graduate studies.
Applications generally include a completed application form, undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). In some cases, applications may include previously published works, or other original documents for consideration. Some programs require proficiency in specific languages, completion of particular undergraduate courses, or demonstrated expertise.
Admission as a regular graduate student presumes candidacy for the master’s degree, if the department offers it. To apply for PhD candidacy a student must satisfy the required coursework and language requirements, pass required qualifying exams, prepare a statement on the nature and scope of the research problem he or she intends to pursue, and finally receive the endorsement of his or her department. Usually this process should be completed by the end of a student’s second year.
Application requirements vary by program; exact requirements can be obtained from each department. See our complete list of programs and courses for links to department websites.
Last Updated: 4/25/11