The following factors are considered when evaluating an applicant. They are NOT listed in order of importance.

  • Language preparation, both ancient and modern
  • Previously taken basic courses in the field and in related historical and/or cultural environment
  • Grades and course selection at previous institution(s)
  • Confidential letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Writing sample (both for content and style)
    - The average writing sample should be between 20 -30 pages in length.
  • Match between interests of student and strengths of current Yale faculty in the field
  • GRE scores for all applicants and TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English.


Persons wishing to apply to the Ph.D. program in this Department can complete an online application by visiting All policies, procedures, instructions and answers to frequently asked questions as well as access to the application can be found at the website. December 15, 2017 is now a soft deadline; applicants will have until January 2, 2018 to submit the application. The application fee is $100. Scores in the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test are required. Applicants who have not taken that exam should write to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ 08541 and register for a convenient sitting. Applicants for whom English is a second language should arrange with ETS to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language. The decision of the Admissions Committee will be reported on or about March 15, 2018, and if admitted, applicants will be asked to indicate acceptance of Yale’s offer of admission by April 15, 2018.