Preparation for Admission

Applicants must follow the standard procedure for applying to Yale Graduate School (general application information is available here). Applicants must select the “Department of Religious Studies” and the “Early Mediterranean and West Asian Religions” subfield.  Applicants will have an opportunity to indicate their likely primary and secondary areas of concentration.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to use the links provided on the Teaching Faculty page to contact faculty in areas of common interest to discuss the program in Early Mediterranean and West Asian Religions, to determine how the program can best support their research goals, and/or to set-up an in-person visit or interview by telephone or Skype.

Students admitted to the program in Early Mediterranean and West Asian Religions will typically have earned a Masters degree related to at least one of their proposed areas of concentration and will have a solid foundation in one or more ancient/late ancient languages and one or more modern languages.

Admission decisions are based on a student’s statement of research interest, writing sample, letters of reference, transcript, preparatory course work, and prior language study (students should include in their application a list of all ancient and modern languages acquired, with years of study).