Admissions and Aid

Applicants to the Ph.D. and M.A. programs in Classics must meet all standard requirements for the Graduate Center, as well as program and concentration-specific requirements as outlined below. Applicants should be strongly committed to advancing knowledge of the ancient world through research and study and to teaching in CUNY's diverse undergraduate colleges.

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Admissions Overview

Application deadlines:

January 1 for the Ph.D. in Classics

April 15 for the M.A. in Classics

(fall enrollment only/no spring enrollment)

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.

Applicants should have, or anticipate having, a bachelor’s degree. Ph.D. applicants should have a working knowledge of both Latin and Greek, demonstrated by high grades in advanced undergraduate courses and a minimum 2 years (preferably 3 or more) of college Latin or Greek or its equivalent. M.A. applicants should have a working knowledge of either Latin or Greek demonstrated by high grades in advanced undergraduate courses.

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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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. Program, up to 12 credits may be transferred with the same restrictions as above.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition rates for doctoral programs at The Graduate Center are based on a student's “level,” which is determined by a combination of the number of graduate credits completed (including, in the case of transfer students, credits accepted by the student's degree program and the Registrar) and specific academic accomplishments. 

The fee structure is also affected by a student’s resident status.

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Master’s students at The Graduate Center who are residents of New York State and registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester will pay a flat fee for tuition. Out-of-state residents and students taking less than 12 credits will be charged on a per-credit basis.

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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

Institutional Aid

Every applicant to The Graduate Center’s doctoral programs will automatically be considered for five-year institutional funding packages. The aid we offer — including fellowships, tuition awards, and assistantships — is based on merit. 

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Federal Aid

Federal aid for doctoral students includes:

New York State also provides the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for eligible graduate students who are New York State residents.

Support for Underrepresented students

Additional funding may be available to incoming students from underrepresented populations through offerings from the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, including several fellowships and the CUNY Pipeline Program for undergraduate CUNY students.

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While The Graduate Center does not currently offer full-tuition scholarships or additional stipends for living expenses, there are funding opportunities available to master’s students that can help cover the cost of attendance, including scholarships, federal and private loans, and federal work-study.

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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:

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Learn more about us through a visit or an interview

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 program hosts an annual prospective student open house during the fall semester, and if you would like to speak with the Classics Program executive officer as you consider your application, we invite you to call 212-817-8150 to set up an appointment.

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