Admission Criteria

Admission criteria are area- and degree-specific. For information, click below.

Languages and Literature

BA degree

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

2-3 years of college-level Greek and Latin

min. 3.0 GPA in Greek/Latin/Classics courses

BA degree

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

2-3 years in both college-level Greek and Latin

3.0 GPA in Greek/Latin/Classics courses

MA degree in Classical Languages or 21 hours of graduate work in Greek and Latin

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

reading knowledge of one modern foreign language (French, German, or Italian preferred)

Archaeology

BA degree with major in Classical Archaeology, Classics, History, or related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

min. 3.0 GPA in major field

BA degree with major in Classical Archaeology, Classics, History, or related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

min. 3.0 GPA in major field

MA degree in Classical Archaeology or related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

reading knowledge of one modern foreign language (French, German, or Italian preferred)

Arts and Humanities

BA or BFA degree

substantial undergraduate coursework in AMS-related field or Outside Area-related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

BA or BFA degree

substantial undergraduate coursework in AMS-related field or Outside Area-related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

MA, MFA, or MM degree in AMS-related field or Outside Area-related field

min. 3.0 Overall GPA

basic proficiency in one ancient, modern foreign, or computer language

N.B. The following minimum TOEFL scores are expected for applicants who are non-native English-speakers: 80 (iBT); 550 (PBT)

Application Materials

Applications to our Languages and Literature and Archaeology programs should include: 

  • a 500-word statement of interest 
  • a 10-20 page writing sample 
  • transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • 3 letters of recommendation 

Applications to our Classical Arts and Humanities programs should include: 

  • a 500-word project proposal statement 
  • a 10-20 page writing sample OR a portfolio of work in the arts 
  • transcripts from all colleges/universities attended 
  • 3 letters of recommendation 

Please note : The consolidation of our emphasis areas is not yet reflected in Slate, the online application system. Until it is, we ask that you clearly indicate the program area and degree (MA or PhD) for which you are applying in your statement of interest (or project proposal statement). When prompted to indicate your choice in Slate, please select "Classical Languages" (if the highest degree you seek is the MA) and "Classical Studies" (if the highest degree you seek is the PhD), even if the program area for which you are applying is different (e.g., archaeology or arts and humanities). 

Deadlines 

  • January 15 annually: for Fall admission with financial support (TAships, fellowships, etc.) 
  • April 1 annually: for Fall admission without financial support 
  • November 1: for Spring admission without financial support