Students must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and demonstrate, through interview and application essay, readiness for graduate study. Applicants with slightly lower averages, or with language and writing difficulties, may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination, and/or provide letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet, or complete specific undergraduate prerequisites.
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Courses in art history (Classical, Early Christian, Gothic, and Renaissance Art), history (Medieval Society, Renaissance Italy), English (Drama, Chaucer, Renaissance England) and/or from religious studies and philosophy.
- Irish Studies: Courses in Classical & Modern Languages and Cultures (Irish language), English (Studies in Irish Literature), History (History of Ireland), Peace, Justice & Human Rights (Belfast, Northern Ireland Summer Institute in Peace Building) and/or Theology & Religious Studies (Early Christianity).
- American Studies: Courses in History (Early Republic, Civil War, Gilded Age, New Deal), English (19th – 20th Century fiction and/or prose), Philosophy (American Philosophy), Political Science (American Political Thought, Special Topics) and/or fromTheology/Religious Studies (Religion in Black America).