Prospective Students

Admission and Fellowships

A general knowledge of ancient history and literature is required, as well as a reasonable competence in reading both Greek and Latin prose and poetry, as indicated by the successful completion of an undergraduate major in classics or its equivalent. Students may apply just for the M.A. without fellowship. Students may also apply directly to the Ph.D. program, in which case the M.A. is awarded upon completion of the requirements; if a student enters the Ph.D. program with an M.A. in Classics, blanket credit of 32 points can be awarded.

All students admitted to the Ph.D. program will receive a Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship. This comprehensive four- or five-year award includes a nine-month (September-May) stipend ($25,686 in 2014-15) as well as a full tuition scholarship, student health insurance premiums, remission of all fees, and a $1,000 one-time fellowship for start-up expenses.

Teaching is not part of this Fellowship, but it is expected that students in the Classics program will teach during their doctoral studies, for which they will be compensated above the stipend received as a MacCracken Fellow.

Classics doctoral students are eligible for grants for travel and study abroad from the Department, the Graduate School of Arts and Science, and the Center for Ancient Studies. Students working on their dissertations may also apply for the Lane Cooper Fellowship and the Dean's Dissertation Fellowship.


Application deadlines for Graduate Admissions are as follows:
January 4 both PhD and MA Programs.
All deadlines that fall on a weekend or official holiday are rolled to 5 pm on the Monday directly following the official deadline.

Required Application Materials for Classics

  • Online Application
  • $100 Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (usually 1-2 pages)
  • Resume or CV
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Academic Transcripts (please note, GSAS prefers that you scan a copy of your official transcript and upload it into your online application. But before matriculating all students must submit official transcripts in hard copy form)
  • Official test scores for the GRE general test (NYU GSAS code: 2596. There is no department code.)
  • Official test scores for the TOEFL if the applicant is not a native English speaker (NYU GSAS code: 2596. Department code closest to your field of study or 99.) For enquiries about the TOEFL requirement, please contact
  • Writing Sample: This may be a term paper, a lecture delivered at a conference, parts of a BA honors or an MA thesis, a published article. There is no word limit, but writing samples do not usually exceed 35 pages. To ensure Greek or other non-standard characters can be read by the online system, please upload a pdf of your document.

Where to Apply

Apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Science online.

For information about the application process such as using the online application; submitting supporting materials such as the GRE or TOEFL, transcripts, and letters of recommendation; applying as an international student; or preparing your application, please first visit the Graduate School's helpful Application Resource Center. If your question is not answered through the Application Resource Center, contact Graduate Enrollment Services at