Application, Admission, and Financial Support

The Graduate Group in Classical Studies is designed primarily to prepare students for the Ph.D., although applicants are occasionally admitted for the M.A., and Ph.D. candidates will earn the M.A. in the course of their studies. Entering students are normally expected to have an undergraduate major in Classics or a related discipline and substantial training in both Greek and Latin. Applicants are also required to submit an example of their academic writing with their applications. A research paper of about 15 pages in length (but of no more than 20) is sufficient to meet this requirement. The GRE General Test is not required. Students who have already taken courses at the graduate level may petition for transfer credit for up to eight courses. A preliminary decision will be made by the Graduate Group as soon as the student arrives, but the actual award of credit can be made only after satisfactory completion of the first year at Penn.

Candidates for the Ph.D. in Classical Studies are eligible for five-year Benjamin Franklin Fellowships. This award covers full tuition and pays a generous stipend, including summer support. Additional Teaching Assistantships and teaching assignments in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are also available. Students in the program are regularly successful in competitions for funding for study abroad and for dissertation fellowships.

Applications to the Department of Classical Studies must be submitted online between October 1 and no later than midnight of December 15th. The application fee for 2019/2020 is $90.00. A limited number of fee waivers is available for applicants who demonstrate a need for one; arrangements should be made before completing the online application. Please contact Pat Rea, the Associate Director for Admission in the Graduate Division, for more information:   

For more information, access the electronic application form.

All writing samples should be uploaded online. If you have any questions please contact: 

Katelyn Stoler
Classical Studies Graduate Group
236 Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6304
(215) 573-0250