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College of Arts and Letters

Institute of Humanities


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 3.0 or better
  • Have taken 24 hours in liberal arts disciplines
  • Have taken and submitted their most recent GRE scores
  • Submit a writing sample reflecting their ability to do research and write intellectually 
  • Submit two recommendation letters
  • Submit a 500-word essay with the application materials. The essay should include the following:
    • Propose a general program of study
    • Discuss personal, intellectual and professional goals
    • Explain the relationship of those goals to the intended program of study

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