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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Course/Program Name
Application closes on
National :31 Dec 
International :31 Dec 

MArch Historiography of Islamic Architecture

Catalog id : 4.619
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Online

 Duration
0 Months
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
24070 USD
National
24070 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Department
Architecture
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)577
GRE (avg)329
GMAT (avg)710

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About this course

This seminar offers a critical review of scholarship on Islamic architecture through close reading of scholarly texts, museum exhibitions, and architectural projects. It also tackles methodological and historiographical questions about the field's formation, genealogy, recent expansion, and its evolving historical and theoretical contours.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate Record Examination

Most MIT departments require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and an appropriate Subject Test. page 4 of this booklet for information on the department to which you intend to apply. The fee for the GRE ranges approximately from $160 to $190 US. The General Test is offered only on the computer in the US and in most locations around the world. The computer-based GRE General Test is available year round, and appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to maximize your chances of scheduling your preferred test date and time.

International English Language Testing System

IELTS exam measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking – for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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Course Modules

Ses # Topics Key Dates
1 Overview and Class Structure
2 Reviews of the Field Assignment 1 due
3 Early Historiographical Developments
4 Founding Scholars Assignment 2 due
5 The Issue of Image in Islamic Art
6 Presentations of Paper topics and discussion
7 Islamic Architecture and the Word Assignment 3 due
8 The Sufi Tradition and the Symbolist Approach
9 A Paradigmatic Islamic Monument: The Taj Mahal Assignment 4 due
10 The "Islamic" Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Assignment 5 due
11 Locating Islamic Art and Architecture in Theory
12 Students Presentations
13 Students Presentations (cont.)

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How to Apply

Application form including $75.00 application fee to be paid by credit card.
GRE scores   Have your official scores sent from ETS directly to MIT. The institution code is 3514 and our department code is 2703. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, in order for your application to be reviewed.

For non-native English speakers, either the IELTS (preferred) or TOEFL score is required. Have your official scores sent from either IELTS or ETS directly to MIT. The exam MUST be taken before December 15, 2015, and you must meet the minimum score requirement, in order for your application to be reviewed.

Three letters of recommendation enter the evaluators’ contact information in this section.  is in your best interest to send the emails out as soon as possible; do not wait to submit the application before sending the emails.  You can later return to this page to see which letters have been submitted.

English Proficiency Requirement

All students whose first language is not English are required to take the English Evaluation Test (EET) prior to registration at MIT. Even students who satisfy the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirement for admission may be required to take specialized subjects in English as a Second Language (ESL), depending on their EET results. These subjects do not count toward the required units but will prove helpful to students who need to develop the skills necessary to write a thesis.

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