Information regarding application and financial assistance.


Please note that effective Fall 2015, the Islamic Studies program will be housed in the Near Eastern and Languages department. All inquiries about admissions and program requirements should be directed to:

Isamara Ramirez, Student Affairs Officer

Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Humanities Building Suite 378A
Box 951511
Mailcode: 151105
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511

(310) 825-4165


 The Islamic Studies graduate program offers both a Master's degree (M.A.) and a PhD.  The deadline to apply to the program for the Fall quarter is December 15.


General admissions information, instructions about applying, and the online application for admission can be found at UCLA’s Graduate Division Website.

All materials must be complete before the application is considered.

The following materials are required components of the admission application:

  • Application form completed via UCLA Graduate Division’s Admissions Website
  • Statement of purpose (up to two pages, double spaced)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (use Institution Code 4837, Department Code 2607)
  • Writing sample
  • Official transcripts.  An unofficial transcript may be uploaded via on-line admission application, however, we require one  copy of official transcript to be sent to the program's office in a sealed envelope.  If transcripts are not in English, an authorized translation has to be provided.
  • International applicants have to submit TOEFL  scores.   Applicants who hold a degree from a university located in U.S. or another country where English is both a primary spoken language and the language of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full time study at such institution, are not required to submit TOEFL scores. 

All supplementary material should be sent directly to:

Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Humanities Building Suite 378A
Box 951511
Mailcode: 151105
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511

To keep in mind when applying to the Islamic Studies Program:

  • M.A. applicants are expected to have completed the equivalent of one course in early Islamic history and three courses in Islamic cultures and institutions. Applicants are expected to demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in one of the major languages of countries with Muslim majorities or very large Muslim minorities, including Arabic, Berber, Hausa, Indonesian Iranian languages, Malay, Swahili, Turkic languages, Urdu, Wolof, and Yoruba
  • For admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants should hold a Master's degree from a program with requirements equivalent to those of UCLA's MA program in Islamic Studies. Advanced-level proficiency in Arabic is also required
  • Applicants who have any deficiencies in prerequisites will be considered for admission on a provisional basis for one to three quarters. If admitted on a provisional basis, a student must satisfy the prerequisites by taking the appropriate courses. Such courses may not be applied toward a graduate degree in the program
  • The Islamic Studies Program and the School of Public Health offer a concurrent degree program whereby students can obtain the Master of Arts in Islamic Studies and the Master of Public Health. Applicants interested in this program should apply separately to the Islamic Studies Program and the School of Public Health
  • GRE scores should be sent from ETS to the UCLA Islamic Studies Program using the Institution Code 4837, Department Code 2607
  • The Islamic Studies Program receives a high volume of supplementary material during admissions season. There may be a delay in reflecting our receipt of your admissions documents in the online admissions portal. (We thank you for your patience!)

Financial Assistance: