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Application Procedure

The application is an online process — all policies, procedures, instructions and answers to frequently asked questions as well as access to the application can be found here. In addition to the general application requirements (recommendation letters, transcripts etc.), applicants to programs in Classics and combined programs with Classics are asked to submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages (double-spaced). The writing sample can be uploaded under “additional questions” on the application website. In addition to the writing sample, applicants to the combined degree in Classics and History are asked to write a short book review (maximum two pages) to accompany the application.  It should cover the book that has most shaped the applicant’s understanding of the kind of work he or she would like to do as a historian.

PLEASE NOTE: For the 2020-21 admissions cycle, GRE scores will be optional for all Classics programs. Starting from 2021, we will no longer accept GRE scores.

Deadlines can be found here.
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The University is committed to basing judgments concerning the admission, education, and employment of individuals upon their qualifications and abilities and affirmatively seeks to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy and as delineated by federal and Connecticut law, Yale does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on account of that individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a special disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Classics, P.O. Box 208266, New Haven, CT 06520–8266; email