Applying to Comparative Literature at Yale

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Students are admitted to graduate study (only in the Fall) by the Graduate School on the recommendation of the Department. Entering classes now average five students.

Special Admissions Requirements for Comparative Literature

Selection is based on the applicant’s undergraduate record, evidence of motivation supplied in the candidate’s personal statement of academic purpose, evidence of ability to do advanced work as expressed in a writing sample (not to exceed 20 pages) and supported by three letters of recommendation, and preparation in languages sufficient to satisfy the language requirement. We do not consider GRE test scores.  Please read the Frequently Asked Questions about the Graduate Program for further information.

The application deadline for Fall 2024 is December 15, 2023. The application is available online through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions page. All application materials, supporting credentials and recommendations, official standardized test scores, and application fee must be received by the deadline to be considered by Yale for admission. Due to current circumstances a fee waiver is possible for applicants suffering from financial hardship additional information may be found on the Yale Graduate Schools admissions website. Admissions decisions are announced by late February.

Combined Programs

The Department of Comparative Literature also offers three Combined Ph.D. degrees with the Department of Classics, the Film Studies Program, and the Renaissance Studies Program. For detailed descriptions of the combined degree programs, please click here.

General New Student Information, Questions, and Referrals

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