Guidelines for Admission

To be accepted into the Rutgers Classics graduate program, an applicant should have the equivalent of at least three years of college-level Latin and two years of college-level ancient Greek (M.A.T. applicants are exempt from the ancient Greek requirement). Successful applicants typically have an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and higher in the major. All available transcripts and other materials should be sent directly to Rutgers Graduate Admissions.

Applicants must take the GRE exam. Successful applicants typically report scores above 163 VB and 5.0 WR.

Competency in French, German, or Italian at the time of matriculation is desirable, though not a requirement.

Three letters of recommendation are required and should be sent directly to Rutgers Graduate Admissions.

A writing sample is encouraged.

Those students who seek to enter Rutgers Classics from another graduate program are evaluated on an individual basis. Generally such applicants should expect that no more than 12 credits will be transferred from their previous institution.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by January 1 to receive full consideration for funding.

We encourage applicants to visit our department at any stage of the application process. Please contact the graduate director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know when you will be in the area.

All application materials should go to Rutgers Graduate Admissions:
http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/

Types of Funding Available

Rutgers Classics offers a number of funding options to PhD students. The standard package is five years, with a fellowship stipend for the first and last years, and a teaching assistantship for the middle three years. In addition, advanced students may be given the opportunity to teach as a part-time lecturer in the undergraduate curriculum or at neighboring institutions.

Typical fellowships include the following:

  • Graduate School Excellence Fellowship, which carries an annual stipend and tuition remission for five years.
  • Presidential Fellowship, which carries a significantly enhanced stipend and tuition remission for two years.
  • Graduate School diversity fellowship, the Trustees Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, which carries an annual stipend and tuition remission for two years.
  • University and Louis Bevier Graduate Fellowship, a highly competitive, one-year fellowship for Rutgers University undergraduates who want to pursue graduate studies at Rutgers. 
  • University and Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship, a highly competitive, one-year fellowship for students who will have completed their comprehensive examinations, have an approved dissertation proposal, and have begun their thesis research by the beginning of the Fall term.

Contact Us

Rutgers Classics
Academic Building, 6th floor
15 Seminary Place
College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

e-mail:  classics at rci.rutgers.edu
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