Humanities and Social Sciences

The PhD programs listed below do not require the GRE. A few MA programs are listed here as well.  Please confirm by consulting departmental websites before applying to these programs or making the decision not to take the GRE. Let me know who I missed by commenting on this page!

African American Studies/Africana Studies: Cornell; Northwestern; New York University (not required for Africana Studies MA and joint Africana/Museum Studies MA, req for PhD); UC Berkeley; University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (MA); U Mass Amherst

American Studies: Brown (MA in Public Humanities/Am Studies only); Harvard; NYU; U Mass Boston (recommended); University of Michigan (American Culture); University of New Mexico; Yale University

Anthropology: Monmouth University (MA); New York University; Stanford University; University of Mass Amherst; Yale University

Art History/Visual Studies: American University (MA); Northwestern (recommended but not req.);  Princeton (Art and Architecture, optional); Stanford; University of Arizona; UC Berkeley (optional – may be req. of some intl applicants); University of Florida (not req. of applicants w/ an MA from US-based institution); University of New Mexico; University of Texas-Dallas (Visual and Performing Arts); Yale University

Asian Languages and Literatures: University of Michigan

Chicanx and Latinx Studies: San José State (MA); University of New Mexico

Cinema Studies/Film: Ohio University (MA), University of Toronto*

Classics: Brown, Princeton (optional)

Comparative Literature: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Literature and Criticism); Northwestern (Comparative Literary Studies); Stanford (Modern Thought and Literature); UC Davis (recommended, not required); University of Texas-Dallas (Literature)

Conflict Studies: George Mason University (Conflict Analysis and Resolution); University of North Carolina Greensboro (Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, recommended)

Cultural Studies: NYU (Social and Cultural Analysis MA); University of Washington, Bothell (Cultural Studies MA)

Education: U Mass Amherst (School Psychology)

English: Brown University; Ball State University; Cornell University; Eastern Michigan University (MA); Harvard; Indiana University of Pennsylvania (not required); Miami University Ohio (not req. for admission and certain levels of funding but may be “useful” for some campus-level awards); Mississippi State University (MA); Oregon State University (MA); Princeton; Ohio State University; Purdue; San Francisco State University (MA, rec. for out-of-state applicants seeking funding support); Stanford; UC Riverside; University of Chicago; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Louisiana at Lafayette (optional); U Mass Boston (recommended); University of Michigan; U Mass Amherst;  University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of New Mexico; University of Oklahoma (dept. just voted, website not yet updated so confirm before applying); Washington State University; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Wayne State (MA, req. for PhD)

Ethnic Studies: UC Berkeley

French: UC Berkeley; University of Chicago (optional); NYU; Northwestern (Dept. of French and Italian); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dept. of French and Italian, optional)

German: NYU; Northwestern; U Mass Amherst (German and Scandinavian Studies); Yale University

History: Cal State LA (MA); Columbia University; Emory; North Carolina State University (not req of applicants w/ MA); Monmouth University (MA); Montana State University; New York University; Northeastern (MA Public History); Northwestern University; University of Michigan; University of Missouri (optional); University of New Mexico; University of South Florida; University of Toledo (recommended); Yale University

Italian: Northwestern (Dept. of French and Italian); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Dept. of French and Italian, optional)

Latin American Studies: Cal State LA (MA); NYU (Latin American and Caribbean Studies: optional, req.for joint journalism PhD); U Conn

Library Science: San Jose State; University of Arizona (w/ undergrad GPA 3.0 or higher); University of Illinois (w/ undergrad GPA 3.0 or higher)

Linguistics: Brown; MIT; Old Dominion (optional for Applied Linguistics MA); Stanford; University of Arizona (optional); UC Berkeley; UCLA; UC Santa Barbara; U Mass Amherst; University of Michigan; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (encouraged but not req.); UC Berkeley

Media Studies: MIT (Media Arts and Sciences)

Middle Eastern Studies: CUNY Graduate Center (MA, optional); NYU (optional)

Museum Studies: NYU (MA)

Music and Musicology: Brandeis (“highly recommended” but not req.), Cornell (?), UCLA – Ethnomusicology; U Mass Amherst; UCLA -Music (recommended but not req.)

Native American, American Indian, Indigenous Studies: University of Arizona

Near Eastern Studies: NYU (MA)

Performance Studies: Brown University (Theatre Arts and Performance Studies); NYU; Stanford (Theater and Performance Studies); Tufts (Theater and Performance); UCLA (Culture and Performance within World Arts and Culture/Dance)

Philosophy:  Cornell University; Emory; UBC*; University of Illinois, Chicago; Michigan State University; University of Michigan; University of Pennsylvania; University of Texas-Dallas (Humanities – History of Ideas); University of Wisconsin, Madison

Political Science: Cal State Northridge (MA); University of Hawai’i Manoa

Portuguese: University of Colorado Boulder (Spanish and Portuguese) optional/recommended for fellowship consideration); U Mass Amherst (Spanish & Portuguese Studies)

Religion: George Washington (Islamic Studies MA); Yale University


Romance Languages & Literature: University of Cincinnati

Social Welfare: CUNY Graduate Center

Sociology: University of California, San Francisco; University of New Mexico

Spanish Language and Literature/Hispanic Studies: UC Berkeley (Hispanic Languages and Literature); University of Colorado Boulder (Spanish and Portuguese) optional/recommended for fellowship consideration); University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign (international students only; domestic students must take GRE); University of Iowa (Spanish and Portuguese, optional but “highly encouraged”); University of Pittsburgh; U Mass Amherst (Spanish & Portuguese Studies); Washington University in St. Louis

Theater (see also Performance Studies): Brown University (Theatre Arts and Performance Studies); University of Missouri (?)

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Emory; Oregon State University (optional); San Francisco State (MA); UW Madison (MA); SUNY Buffalo (“the Admissions Committee may waive this requirement at its sole discretion if you make a case for it.”)

Other/Interdisciplinary: University of California-Santa Cruz (History of Consciousness [recommended, not required]0; University of Missouri – Kansas City (Interdisciplinary PhD, waiver); University of Texas-Dallas (Humanities)

*Programs outside the US tend not to require GRE. For now, I’m listing some Canadian programs esp. in fields where there aren’t a lot of other options.

(?) Website is unclear, but suggests GRE is not required

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