Writing Sample

Some departments require you to upload a writing sample with the admission application in the space provided.  Please be sure to review your document before uploading and submitting your application. You may upload a corrected or revised version of your writing sample before the deadline of the department to which you are applying. After the deadline, no corrected or revised documents will be accepted.

Writing samples should be written in English unless otherwise noted. The Graduate School has no specific formatting requirements; however, each department may have set their own.  Please click on the links below to learn more. For any questions about the writing sample, please contact the department directly.

Please refer to the upload requirements webpage for specific instructions on uploading materials.

Writing samples are required for the following departments:

Anthropology: Sample of written work, 20-25 page maximum

Architecture (Ph.D. only): Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Art and Archaeology: Sample of written work, 20-25 page maximum

Classics: Sample of written work, 20 page maximum

Comparative Literature: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

East Asian Studies: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

English: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

French & Italian:  Sample of written work, preferably in French, 20 page maximum

German: Sample of written work, 20 page maximum

History: Sample of written work, 35 page maximum

History of Science: Sample of written work, 35 page maximum

Musicology: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Music Composition: Sample of written work recommended, 25 page maximum (To be uploaded in Additional Information field on application)

Near Eastern Studies: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Philosophy: Sample of written work, 5,000 to 10,000 words

Politics: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Religion: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Slavic Languages and Literature: Sample of written work, 20 page maximum

Sociology: Sample of written work, 25 page maximum

Spanish and Portuguese: Sample of written work in Spanish or Portuguese, 15-25 pages

Woodrow Wilson (Ph.D.): Sample of written work, 20-25 pages