University of Minnesota
Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Classical and Near Eastern Studies' home page.

How to Apply

Apply to Classical and Near Eastern Studies online via the ApplyYourself system administered by the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Please include the 'Supplementary Department Application' form available in Word format and PDF format with your online application. The 'Supplementary Department Application' belongs in the online application under 'Program Supplementary Information', then 'Graduate Program Additional Application', which is at the top of the page.  Please click here to see where to upload the document. 

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

CNES is not accepting applications for the program in Ancient and Medieval Art and Archaeology (M.A. or Ph.D.) for the foreseeable future.

Classical and Near Eastern Studies requires a recent (within the last 5 years) GRE; 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.  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

Must be submitted with the application. Length of 10-25 pages preferred.


All application materials must be received by Friday, December 20th, 2015 for full consideration for Fall 2016 admission.

Three (3) 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:

Kate Gallagher
Classical and Near Eastern Studies
216 Pillsbury Dr. S.E.
245 Nicholson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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

Related Information

Director of Graduate Studies
Phillip Sellew
245 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DGS Assistant
Kate Gallagher
245 Nicholson Hall
216 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Graduate Student Handbook 2008 (PDF)

Graduate Student Handbook 2013 (PDF)