Admission & Funding

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. For MA applicants, some flexibility may be considered in the matter of language preparation. Please consult the graduate director with any questions in this regard before applying.)
  • 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 for the PhD must take the GRE exam. MA applicants are strongly encouraged to submit GRE results.
  • 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 for the PhD are strongly encouraged to apply by January 15 to receive full consideration for funding, though applications will be accepted through February 15. MA applications will be accepted through March 1, though earlier submission (preferably by February 15) is encouraged.

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 (https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/). PhD applicants, go here to begin the application process; MA applicants, go here; MAT applicants, go here. (Note that some of the deadlines listed on the Graduate Admissions site may be out of date; please follow the deadlines listed on this page.)

Types of Funding Available for Doctoral Study

Rutgers Classics offers a number of funding options to PhD students. The standard package is five years, with a fellowship stipend for the first, third, and last years, and a teaching assistantship for the second and fourth 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 PhD fellowships include the following:

  • Graduate School Excellence Fellowship, which carries an annual stipend (currently $25,000/year) 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.

Funded MA Fellowships (2020-22)

Beginning in Fall 2020, Rutgers Classics is able to offer one to two fully funded MA fellowships. The two-year fellowships include tuition remission and an annual stipend of $25,000. (NB: This is a pilot program, and our ability to offer these fellowships in future years is contingent upon departmental and university budgetary circumstances.)

In order to promote innovation and broaden participation in graduate education in Classics, we especially encourage students from groups and backgrounds historically underrepresented in the field to apply. 

Applicants should meet the criteria described above under "Guidelines for Admission." Some flexibility may be considered in the matter of language preparation. Please consult the graduate director with any questions in this regard before applying.

There is no separate admissions procedure for the funded MA. Candidates should apply to the Classics MA track, following the guidelines above. We prefer that applications be submitted by February 15, 2020, though we will review applications through March 1, 2020.