University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Admissions

Please note that the Department of Classics will reopen admissions for the Doctoral Degree from the Fall of 2018 onwards. The application deadline for students entering the Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2018 is January 15th 2018.


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must hold a Master of Arts (MA), or an equivalent qualification, in Classics or Classical Studies upon admission to the degree program, and be prepared to transfer up to 24 credits of relevant coursework. Transfer credit will not be accepted for courses in which a grade lower than B or its equivalent has been received (For more information on transfer credits, please see the Graduate and Professional Bulletin at


Applicants should have a broad exposure to the cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome, and will have demonstrated knowledge of Ancient Greek and Latin appropriate for graduate work. All applicants will also have demonstrated reading knowledge of at least one modern foreign research language besides English (German, French, or Italian) before beginning the program. Applicants from outside the U.S. must show evidence of having completed a program of study equivalent to a Master of Arts degree and be prepared to present certification of the degree or license at the time of registration. If the credentials are incomplete or not familiar, please send a copy of the application to Office of International Services for evaluation. For applicants whose first language is not English, please refer to to ensure fulfillment of the University’s language requirements.



Required Application Materials

  • University of Pittsburgh’s on-line Application for Admission (note the $50.00 application fee)
  • A personal statement indicating your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and your academic and professional goals. You may submit your Statement of Purpose and writing sample in the “Additional Information” section of the online Application for Admission, which allows you to upload your document. Alternatively, you can mail it to the Department of Classics.
  • Official or Unofficial College Transcripts. Admitted students will need to send official transcript copies before they can be matriculated.
  • Current, official GRE scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. You must submit the names of three referees with your online Application for Admission. The letters should address the applicant’s expertise in Latin and/ or Ancient Greek, his or her ability to conduct independent research and his or her academic potential. The recommendation form to be included with each letter of recommendation is available for download as a .pdf file once you begin your online application process. Referees may submit their recommendations either electronically or by mail directly to the Department of Classics.
  • 2 samples of academic writing.
  • Non-US citizens: TOEFL or IELTS scores. This process must be completed by January 15.



Admissions Process

Applications are due by January 15. All applicants are required to apply to the Department of Classics. Applications will be reviewed by the graduate faculty in Classics and by an interdisciplinary committee comprising faculty members from the three departments Classics, Philosophy, and History and Philosophy of Science. A personal interview is not required for candidates applying to this program. Candidates who wish to visit the campus and would like to arrange a meeting with available graduate faculty are advised to contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) prior to their visit.