How to Apply

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COVID-19 Response

The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies realizes the impact COVID-19 has had on testing centers. Access to TOEFL and GRE testing has been limited globally, and our 2021 applicants are struggling to meet our programs admissions requirements.
For our next graduate applications cycle August 1st, 2021 to July 31st, 2022, The Guarini School will be flexible as to the types of GRE and Language Proficiency tests accepted by our programs for admissions purposes. DuoLingo testing will not be accepted. We still ask that applicants attach unofficial copies of their test scores to their application if required by their prospective program.
International Applicants: For TOEFL/IELTS testing requirements please visit the individual program websites for more information and waiver requirements.
However, official test scores will still be required from Educational Testing Services if you are admitted.

Graduate Program Director

Silvia Spitta is the MA Graduate Director for 2021/2022.

Admissions Requirements

  • A strong undergraduate record in a major in any humanities field
  • Fluent reading, writing, and speaking knowledge of one foreign language 
  • Minimum of beginning training in a second foreign language
  • Essay outlining why you want to do graduate work in this field and your plans for your time at Dartmouth
  • A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)
  • Official transcript(s) of all college or graduate-level credits
  • Complete application (including three letters of recommendation and a language proficiency survey for each foreign language you know)

Financial Support

The Program awards all accepted student with a full tuition waiver and a stipend to cover majority of living expenses for nine and a half months. Stipends will be offered automatically upon admission (unless the admitted student secures external funding, such as a Fulbright fellowship or similar). No additional application is required. As part of their MA, students work for one term as a teaching assistant (TA) in a lecture course. Typically, the TA works for ten hours a week and is in charge of a discussion section,  and to hold some office hours, although this may vary. Many of our graduate students are  placed with the introductory course COLT 01: Read the World in the fall term. Otherwise, placement is facilitated by the Director of Graduate Studies and may be available in humanities departments or in other relevant units.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dartmouth College's Institutional code?

For the application process the code number is: 3351

What is the application fee?

  • There is no application fee.

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

  • Is English your native language?
  • Have you attended another institution, for at least a year, where English was the language of instruction?
  • We accept at-home version of TOEFL
  • We do not accept Duo-Lingo

If you can answer 'yes' to either of the questions above, then you are NOT required to submit language test scores. However, you may still submit your self-reported scores if you would like the application committee to take them into consideration.

If you answered 'no' to both of the questions above, you are required to submit your self-reported test scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS.

Why is my application showing as "incomplete" or "not received"?
If you have uploaded copies of your transcripts, entered all required test scores and your letters of recommendation have been submitted, your application is complete. Your language proficiency form will be uploaded internally at Dartmouth.  

Can my writing sample be in a language other than English? The MA essay must be submitted in the English language.  Should you be very eager to submit something in a language other than English, please write to the current graduate director.

Does the stipend cover the cost of living?  

No, you need approximately $5000 more to cover the cost of living for 9.5 months. 

I did not upload my transcript. What do I do?
If you have a pdf of your transcript, please email it to and it will be uploaded to your application as "received-unofficial". If you had an official transcript sent directly to the Guarini School, we will upload it to your application as soon as possible.

What address should official transcripts be sent to?
(Remember, there is no need to send official transcripts unless you are offered admission)

Documents should be sent to:

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies 
Dartmouth College
Anonymous Hall 
64 College Street, Suite 6062, Room 102
Hanover, NH 03755

Guarini Email:

I need to update my personal essay or my CV. How can I do that?
If the submission deadline for the program you are applying to has not passed, please email a pdf of your updated document to and it will be uploaded to replace the previous version.

How many essays do I need to submit?

Two documents, one proposal of study and one writing sample. 

  1. Outline why you want to do graduate work in this field and what are your plans for your time at Dartmouth. IE) What courses do you plan to take? Which professors are you planning to work with? On what topic do you plan to write your MA Essay?
  2. A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)  

Further Information

If you need further information contact: Liz at