University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Admissions

Please Note: The Classics Department is no longer accepting applications for its MA and PhD Programs.

General requirements for admission to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and for the MA and PhD degrees are described in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Bulletin. Students seeking admission to the graduate program in the Department of Classics should have undergraduate training in Latin or Greek, and preferably both, and they should have a general familiarity with the wider experience of Greco-Roman antiquity, especially its literature and history. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants.

Test scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are acceptable as an alternative to the TOEFL for English competence in the admission of international students. Students submitting IELTS results must have a score of 6.5 to meet minimum University admissions standards for English language competence (taking the academic reading and writing modules of the exam - as a distinct from the general training reading and writing modules).

The Department of Classics selects only as many well-qualified students as it can support financially for the five- or six-year period of their residence as students. Students from the United States and foreign countries come from a wide variety of backgrounds.



In addition to the online application, prospective candidates for admission to the graduate program in Classics are required to submit the following to the Department of Classics, University of Pittsburgh, 1518 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, by no later than the above deadlines (January 16/April 15):

  • official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • statement of purpose
  • three letters of recommendation
  • sample of written work
  • official scores on Graduate Record Examination

The University of Pittsburgh waives the application fee for McNair Scholars. If you are a McNair scholar, choose the payment option to "mail your check." Send a printed copy of your payment voucher to the Department with "McNair Scholar" written on the voucher. Do not send a check.

Please note the following information regarding the requirements for your online application for graduate study at the Department of Classics:

  • Recommendation forms and Letters of Recommendation: You must submit the names of three referees with your online Application for Admission. 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, according to your preference.
  • 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.