What are the specifics regarding the writing sample?

One of the components of the application is an approximately 20-page piece of scholarly work for your writing sample. The 20 pages include images and footnotes. If you do not have a paper that is this long, you may submit two smaller papers or re-work an older, shorter, paper to reach the 20-page mark. If you have an MA you may submit your thesis in its entirety as the writing sample. If you wish to submit a newer piece of scholarly work that you feel is a more accurate reflection of your abilities and research interest, you may submit that piece in place of the thesis. However, we still ask that you submit your thesis in the additional .pdf section of the online application.