Only candidates for the Ph.D. are accepted. Master’s degrees (M.A. and M.Phil.) are only awarded en route to the Ph.D.
Application should be made to Renaissance Studies, with an indication that the candidate also seeks admission to an additional department of concentration, for the combined degree in Renaissance Studies: Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, or Spanish and Portuguese.
The Graduate School will automatically send your full application – including all letters of recommendation, essays, and writing samples– to two locations: Renaissance Studies, and your chosen department of concentration. The application will then be read by the appropriate admissions committee in both locations. This means that no one can be admitted into Renaissance Studies without also being admitted by their chosen department of concentration. In essence, it means that Renaissance Studies applicants have to be admitted by two committees.
Admission for students already at Yale:
If you are uncertain about pursuing the combined degree in Renaissance Studies at the time you apply for admission to the Graduate School, you still have a chance to join Renaissance Studies once you have been accepted, during your first year (preferably during fall term). Entering Renaissance Studies during your first year does not require another application to the Graduate School. This is an internal application, handled through the program. Interested students are asked to contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Renaissance Studies.