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How to Apply

Apply to the classical and Near Eastern studies graduate program online through ApplyYourself.

The application deadline for entrance in Fall 2017 is Sunday, December 18 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST(i.e., Minneapolis time). We encourage you to submit your application in advance of that deadline.

Degree type

You may apply either for the MA or the PhD program. PhD applicants are occasionally admitted to the MA instead. The MA is considered a terminal degree, but students who complete it can (and often do) petition to continue into the PhD. In such cases, most of the work completed for the MA can generally be rolled over into the PhD program.


The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies requires a recent GRE (within the last 5 years). Be sure to arrange to take the test well in advance of the admissions deadlines. GRE scores are considered along with many other criteria to assess a candidate’s fitness for graduate work. There is no set minimum score. When sending scores, please enter the University of Minnesota institutional code: 6874. Leave the department code blank. Please do not send paper copies (official score reports or photocopies) directly to the department.


If your native language is not English, you should arrange to take the TOEFL test. Please self-report your scores within ApplyYourself. Official score reports are only required upon offer of admission.

Writing sample

Please submit a writing sample of about 10-25 pages along with your application.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should, whenever possible, be uploaded directly to ApplyYourself. Complete upload instructions can be found in the 'Recommendations' section within ApplyYourself. In the event that you must submit a paper recommendation, please have your recommendation writer mail the letter to:

Claire Anderson
Classical and Near Eastern Studies
216 Pillsbury Dr. SE
245 Nicholson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Recommendations that cannot be submitted online are also accepted via email to Please instruct your letter writers to use the subject ‘Last Name_Graduate Application Recommendation’ and send the letters in PDF format.