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Graduates

Graduate students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor can focus their work on Armenian studies topics in the social science and humanities departments. Although CAS does not offer a graduate degree program, we collaborate and are able to cost-share with partner units (see below) to support students who are working on topics related to Armenian studies. The depth and breadth of Armenian studies courses and the renowned faculty of area specialists provide for an outstanding program that has garnered international recognition. One-on-one mentorship, excellence in language instruction, deep intellectual engagement, and a broad array of funding opportunities are the hallmarks of our engagement with graduate students affiliated with the center. Graduates affiliated with our center have secured careers in both academia and the public sector. If you are interested in pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in Armenian Studies, visit the relevant departments below or contact us. 

Admissions: Applicants for graduate programs may apply to the relevant departments or centers at the University of Michigan listed below.

All graduate programs housed within the listed units operate under the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The admissions page on the Rackham Graduate School's website provides detailed instructions for applying for graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Please contact the respective units for details regarding application deadlines and supporting documents required for your application.

CAS offers Armenian Studies Fellowships to incoming graduate students who expect to focus their graduate studies on themes relevant to Armenian studies. For more information about CAS fellowships for incoming students, please visit our Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students funding page. The center also offers travel and research funding to current students. Please visit the Current Student Funding page to learn more about eligibility criteria, applications requirements, and deadlines.

Prospective students FAQ

What should I include in my research/academic statement?

The research statement is the most important document in your application package. It should cover your current work, future plans, and career goals. It should situate your work within the larger context of the field and discuss your unique contribution to the field. In this document you need to discuss one or a few big questions/proposed research topics that interest you, the reason you are interested in these questions, and your approach/plan to address them during your graduate studies. Be very clear in describing your research interests, including topic, period, and your approach. Your honors and awards, specific research or lab work as well as any teaching you did should be included in the research statement. The aim is to present how your past work prepared you for your graduate studies.

In your research statement you should also include the names of faculty you want to work with. A list of faculty members with their short bios and research interests is available on each department’s website. You are strongly encouraged to familiarize yourself with the teaching and research interests of the faculty and even contact individual faculty members to explore topics of interest.

Finally, you should also discuss why you are interested in attending U-M and the specific department to which you are applying, and why this university and department are a good fit for you. In general, a 2-3 page essay should be enough to present your research/academic statement.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Personal statement is a chance for you to present yourself and aspects of your life that are relevant to be considered for graduate school. You should discuss experiences that led you to be interested in the specific research field/topic and your unique personal qualities, talents and traits. You can include personal experiences (cultural, geographical, financial, educational, etc) that affected your educational opportunities and provide some context to aspects of your life that influenced and motivated your decision to apply for graduate school. Please avoid including too detailed and overly personal information in your statement.

How many recommendation letters do I need?

For a complete application, you need to provide three letters of recommendation that evaluate your academic performance, strengths, potential, and talents. You need to register your recommenders during the online application process. They will receive individual links to submit their letters online. You can monitor the receipt of the letters or remind your recommenders about missing letters.