How to Apply

Students seeking to do graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the dean. The Graduate School welcomes applications from students holding a U.S. bachelor's degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited institution. For more information, see: Duke Graduate School Admissions.

Successful applicants to the Graduate Program in Classical Studies must have prior study of relevant ancient languages, Greek and Latin. For those applying to the Literature and History track, this means at least three years of one ancient language, and at least two of the other. For those applying to the Archaeology track, this means three years in either Latin OR Greek. (Candidates should indicate in their letter of intent to which track they are applying).

All applicants will be considered on an equal basis regardless of race, color, gender, or national and ethnic origin. The Classical Studies Department strongly encourages applications from women, International, and US minority students.

As part of the materials submitted online to the Graduate School, Classical Studies also requires a list of the Greek and Latin authors/texts you have read in the original languages and a writing sample (20-25 pages). These can be uploaded directly with your online application in the Writing Sample section. 

The department of Classical Studies is also able to pursue a fee-waiver for students in financial need. For information on this, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Lauren Ginsberg. For the 2020-21 admissions cycle, the Department of Classical Studies has waived the GRE requirement; candidates are welcome to but not required to submit GRE scores as part of their application dossier.

Please note that our department does not accept students wishing to pursue only a M.A. in Classical Studies.

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for completed applications is January 13, 2021, at which time all application materials (transcripts, test scores on the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation, writing sample, and list of Greek and Latin authors read in the original) should be received at the Graduate School office. In Classical Studies we may be able to consider applications filed late. If your application cannot be completed by January 13, 2021, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Lauren Ginsberg.

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