Applying to Our Program

Please note that the Medieval Institute’s application deadline for the entering class of 2017-18 is January 4, 2017.

An official application and general information about Graduate School admissions deadlines and policies must be requested directly from the Graduate School. You can APPLY NOW or go to the Graduate School web site  for additional details.


In addition to the standard Graduate School application materials, Medieval Institute applicants are requested to submit a scholarly writing sample in English of not more than 15 pages. If possible, choose a piece of research that demonstrates your analysis of primary sources in their original language(s).

When submitting GRE scores to the Graduate School, please use 5199 as the GRE Department and Major Field Code.

Admission to the Institute for graduate study is highly competitive (in 2016, we received 48 applications for 3 places).  We are seeking excellent young scholars with a strong background in languages and relevant academic subjects. We do not require that applicants already have a master’s degree in order to apply to the program. Indeed, we encourage qualified applicants to apply with only a B.A. However, many students find that they are better prepared for our doctoral program after pursuing master’s work in another program. Successful applicants generally have very strong GRE scores, a solid background in the medieval world (as evidenced by their transcripts of previous course work), and a sound grasp of at least one medieval language (medieval Latin, Greek, or Arabic) and relevant vernacular and modern languages. For example, for a student interested in medieval Europe, we expect that they will have taken introductory and intermediate Latin and moved into advanced Latin courses before applying to our program. We strongly encourage prospective applicants to do everything that they can to enhance their language skills. The Medieval Institute requires that each graduate student pass its Latin examination (or equivalent exam in Greek or Arabic) by the end of the second year of study. More information about the Latin exam and samples of past exams are available.

See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Medieval Institute’s Ph.D. program for additional details.