Admissions to Dietrich School Graduate Programs in Academic Year 2020-21

In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, the following Ph.D., MFA, and MA programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021. This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and its departments. While we do not pause admissions lightly, we believe that in these uncertain times our paramount responsibility is to optimally support our current students’ success and wellbeing as they prepare for impactful careers in a fast-changing world.

Graduate Programs NOT Accepting Applications In 2020-21

Anthropology: Ph.D.

Communication: Ph.D.

Classics: Ph.D.

Critical European Culture Studies: Ph.D.

English: Ph.D.

English: MFA

Film and Media Studies: Ph.D. (with areas of concentration in English, French, Hispanic, History of Art, Slavic)

French: Ph.D.

Hispanic Languages and Literatures: Ph.D.

History: Ph.D.

History of Art and Architecture: Ph.D.

Italian: MA

Linguistics: Ph.D.

Music: Ph.D.

Political Science: Ph.D.

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Ph.D.

Sociology: Ph.D.

Theatre Arts: Ph.D.

Theatre Arts: MFA


Graduate Programs Accepting Applications In 2020-21

GRE:  No graduate programs in the Dietrich School admitting students in 2020/21 require GRE scores. The overwhelming majority of our graduate programs no longer consider GRE scores in their admissions processes.  Additional programs do not require GRE scores but will consider them as part of a holistic evaluation of application materials if applicants choose to submit GRE test scores.

Application Fee Waivers

International Students - Dietrich School accepts the Duolingo English Test for Fall 2021 Admissions


Applied Statistics (MA/MS)

Bioethics (MA)

Biological Sciences (PhD)

Chemistry (PhD)

Computational Biology (PhD)

Computational Modeling and Simulation (PhD)

East Asian Studies (Interdisciplinary MA)

Economics (PhD)

English (MA)

Geology and Environmental Science (MS/PhD)           

Hispanic Linguistics (MA)

History and Philosophy of Science (PhD)

Linguistics, with Specialization in Applied Linguistics (MA)

Mathematics (PhD)

Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology (PhD)

Neuroscience (PhD)

Philosophy (PhD)

Physics and Astronomy (PhD)

Psychology (PhD)

Quantitative Economics (MS)

Statistics (MA/PhD)



Thank you for your interest in graduate programs in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. To apply for admission to a program accepting applications, please complete the online application through the ApplyYourself Application Network.

Carefully read the application instructions that identify specific requirements for a particular degree program. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the contact listed for the relevant graduate program.

The admissions processes in the Dietrich School’s graduate programs express and enact our values as an academic community and support the diverse excellence of our programs. Through holistic admissions processes, our graduate programs’ admissions committees evaluate applications in a transparent, fair, and equitable manner.

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