How to Apply

Fall 2022 Admissions

We are accepting applications for both our PhD and MA programs for Fall 2022. The application deadline is Friday, January 7th, 2022 at 11:59pm. All applications are submitted via our online portal below.

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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 Religions and Cultures 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 in your application. Official score reports are only required upon offer of admission. For detailed instructions on submission of official scores and on requests for exemption, please see the University of Minnesota’s Office of Graduate Admissions page on English Language Proficiency Information.

Documents to Upload

Personal Statement

About 1-4 pages (single-spaced) addressing both your scholarly and personal experience and proposed course of study.

Writing sample

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

Language Experience

Download and complete the Classical Language Survey form (PDF) with your previous coursework and reading in Classical or Medieval Greek, Hebrew, or Latin.

Transcripts from all previous colleges attended

Unofficial transcripts are accepted. Should you be offered admission, Graduate Admissions will then solicit official transcripts.

Diversity Statement

A diversity statement is only required for those who wish to be considered for the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) fellowship. The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 15 first-year students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). For more information please visit the DOVE Fellowship website.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation, from people who know your work and can write in detail about you, what you've done, and what you propose to study. Letters should be submitted directly online by the letter writer. List your references in the application and provide an e-mail address where each can be contacted. They will receive instructions on how to submit their letters.