Admissions and Aid
How to Apply
January 1 (Fall Enrollment only)
April 15 (Fall Enrollment only)
Candidates complete The Graduate Center’s Application for Admission and provide appropriate supplemental materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation.
A writing sample is also required.
Ph.D. applicants should have, or anticipate having, a bachelor’s degree and a working knowledge of both Latin and Greek, demonstrated by high grades in advanced undergraduate courses including a minimum 2 years (preferably 3 or more) of college Latin and Greek.
M.A. applicants should have, or anticipate having, a bachelor’s degree and a working knowledge of either Latin or Greek, demonstrated by high grades in advanced undergraduate courses or by an equivalent such as passing a translation exam set by the Program.
A classics major and the ability to read modern European languages are advantageous, but not required.
Applicants applying for the ancient history track should indicate that in the box marked "sub-specialty" within the field, and tailor their personal statements accordingly.
Note that the GRE requirement is currently suspended. Applicants who have already taken the exam are encouraged to submit their scores. Applicants who have not yet taken the exam and are unable to provide scores may be asked to submit additional writing samples or interviews as alternative means of assessing the qualifications typically measured by these standardized tests.
Applications are first collected and processed by the Office of Admissions and then reviewed by the Classics Program's Admissions and Awards Committee.
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Transfer Credit Policy
For the Ph.D. Program, up to 30 credits may be transferred from another accredited university with a graduate program in classics. The Executive Officer will review all courses proposed for transfer and decide which are appropriate. The following credits will NOT be accepted: credits counted towards an undergraduate degree; credits for independent study courses; credits for courses with grades less B+; credits for courses with “Pass/fail” grades.
For the M.A. Progam, up to 12 credits may be transferred with the same restrictions as above.
Although we do not require an interview for admission, it may be helpful for you to speak with faculty and other students as you make your decisions about graduate study.
The Graduate Center is currently conducting business remotely so in-person visits are not currently available. However, if you would like to speak with the Classics Program executive officer as you consider your application, please call 212-817-8150 to set up an appointment.
The program also hosts an annual prospective student open house during the fall semester.
Tuition and Fees
Student Activities Fee
Each student will be billed for a Graduate School student activities fee, a University student senate fee, a University consolidated services fee and a technology fee. These fees are not refundable.
Fellowships and Financial Aid
External Fellowships and Awards
In addition to the institutional five-year funding packages available to all doctoral students at The Graduate Center, the following fellowship and award opportunities may be of particular interest to students in the Classics graduate programs:
- Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper from CAMWS
- Award for Outstanding Paper Presentation or Published Article from WCC
- Finnegan-Plante Scholarship for First-Time Travel to Annual Cane Conference
- Scholarships for Graduate Student Study at American Academy at Rome Summer Program
- Scholarships for Graduate Student Study at American School of Athens Summer Program
- Gennadius Library Medieval Greek Summer Session (funding available)
- Rome Prize from the American Academy at Rome ($28,000 for 1 year, only for ABD)
- Ludwig Koenen Fellowship for Training in Papyrology from SCS
- Dumberton Oaks Fellowship for Byzantine Studies (Project Grants, One-Month Research Grant, Short-Term Pre-Doctoral Residencies)
- The Janice and Herbert Benario Award for Summer Travel from CAMWS ($3,000)
- John Winkler Memorial Prize for Graduate Student Papers on Gender and Sexuality
- The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) (can be used for research at the American School of Classical Studies at Rome, American Academy at Rome)
- Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships ($30,000)
- Mellon-Center for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowships ($25,000)
- Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources ($25,000)
- Weatherhead Dissertation Fellowship from the School of Advanced Studies ($30,000)
- Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowships ($25,000)
- The Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships for The Study of Religion and Ethics ($25,000)
- The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies ($5,000)
- Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowships ($25,000, underrepresented groups only)
- Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships ($24,000, underrepresented groups only)
- Association of American University Women Dissertation Fellowships ($20,000, women only)
- Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust Dissertation Completion ($22,000)
- Smithsonian Institute Dissertation Fellowships for Research at Smithsonian ($33,000)
- Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund for Graduate Study and Dissertation ($18,000)
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans ($90,000 over two years)