How to Apply

Graduate Program Director

Yuliya Komska will be the MA Graduate Advisor for 2020/21. Yuliya Komska is the primary contact until April 2021.

Silvia Spitta will be the MA Graduate Advisor for 2021/2022. Please contact Silvia Spitta for questions after April 2021.


The deadline for the application is January 15.

Please apply online at this link:

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Admissions Requirements

  • A strong undergraduate record in a major in any humanities field
  • Fluent reading, writing, and speaking knowledge of one foreign language 
  • Minimum of beginning training in a second foreign language
  • Essay outlining why you want to do graduate work in this field and your plans for your time at Dartmouth
  • A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)
  • Official transcript(s) of all college or graduate-level credits
  • Complete application (including three letters of recommendation and a language proficiency form for each foreign language you know)
  • Submission of TOEFL score if English is not your native language

Financial Support

The Program awards a limited number of fellowships, which include a full tuition waiver and nine and a half-month stipend. As part of their fellowship, students work for at least two terms as a teaching or research assistant. Appointments are facilitated by the Director of Graduate Studies, and may be available in humanities departments or in other relevant units (such as the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric or Rauner Special Collections Library). Option for fellowship is Teaching Assistant for COLT 01: Read the World fall term. Fellowships will be offered automatically, no application needed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dartmouth College's Institutional code?

For the application process the code number is: 3351

Do I need to take the TOEFL?

If your native language is not English you must submit  TOEFL scores. 

How to I prove my language proficiency?

The Language Proficiency recommendation form can be downloaded on the Comparative Literature application. Please download and fill out and upload the language proficiency recommendation form. One form is required for each other language you know you are learning. You do not need to fill out one for your native language.(s) 

Why is my application showing as "incomplete" or "not received"?
If you have uploaded copies of your transcripts, entered all required test scores and your letters of recommendation have been submitted, your application is complete. Your language proficiency form will be uploaded internally at Dartmouth.  

Can my writing sample be in a language other than English? The MA essay must be submitted in the English language.  Should you be very eager to submit something in a language other than English, please write to the current graduate director and ask him/her if that is okay.

I did not upload my transcript. What do I do?
If you have a pdf of your transcript, please email it to and it will be uploaded to your application as "received-unofficial". If you had an official transcript sent directly to the Guarini School, we will upload it to your application as soon as possible.

What address should official transcripts be sent to?
(Remember, there is no need to send official transcripts unless you are offered admission)

Documents should be sent to:

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies 
Dartmouth College
Anonymous Hall 
64 College Street, Suite 6062, Room 102
Hanover, NH 03755

Guarini Email:

I need to update my personal essay or my CV. How can I do that?
If the submission deadline for the program you are applying to has not passed, please email a pdf of your updated document to and it will be uploaded to replace the previous version.

How many essays do I need to submit?

Two documents, one proposal of study and one writing sample. 

  1. Outline why you want to do graduate work in this field and what are your plans for your time at Dartmouth. IE) What courses do you plan to take? Which professors are you planning to work with? On what topic do you plan to write your MA Essay?
  2. A writing sample (a scholarly essay or excerpt of an essay of about 10 - 15 typed double spaced pages)

Do I have to wait for all three of my letters of recommendations to be uploaded before I can submit my application?
No, please submit your application by the program deadline. Your recommenders can still upload letters after you have submitted.

The person who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for me has not received the email with the link to upload the letter to my application or they are having difficulty uploading the letter. Is there another way for my recommender to submit a letter?
If the problem is with the email, first make sure they have checked their junk/spam folder. If the problem is with the upload, first ask if they have tried a different web browser. ApplyYourself works best with Internet Explorer on a PC and Safari on a MAC. If neither of these solutions work, have your recommender email the letter of recommendation directly to this email address.         

Further Information

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