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Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Stanford Classics!  For admission into the graduate program you should have a strong background in Classics or a related field. Depending on your particular interests, this might include Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Archaeology, Anthropology or Philosophy. Above all, we are looking for applicants who understand the opportunities of our program, have clear intellectual goals, and who are a great fit for Stanford Classics.

Admission Deadline

Deadline for Autumn 2022 admission:  Tuesday, November 30, 2021.*

We will not be admitting students into the M.A. program for the incoming class of 2022-23.

*All applicants are encouraged to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Applications for this program are due October 6, 2021 at 1:00pm PT.

The selection of PhD students admitted to the Department of Classics is based on an individualized, holistic review of each application, including (but not limited to) the applicant’s academic record, the letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose, personal qualities and characteristics, and past accomplishments. Admissions decisions will be communicated by early February 2022.

Application Requirements Checklist

  • Application form: Completed online through the University Graduate Admissions website

  • Non-refundable fee of $125. For information on eligibility for fee waivers please refer to Graduate Application Fee Waiver

  • Statement of Purpose: Reasons for applying, preparation, specific study and research interests, future career plans, and any other information about yourself as a scholar and future faculty.

  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation are required from faculty members or others who are qualified to evaluate academic work and teaching potential. Recommenders submit their letters through the online system by the application deadline.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended for one year or more must be uploaded to the online application. Graduate Admissions only requires admitted applicants who accept the offer of admission to submit official transcripts that show degree conferral. Please do not send or have sent any official transcripts to us at this time.

  • Writing sample: An academic paper in your field of interest, 15-25 pages in length.

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.): Academic resume of your qualifications.  Included in this C.V. should be a list of your language qualifications.  Ancient languages should be demonstrated by a list of works read in the original.  Modern languages may be indicated using the labels "Beginner", "Intermediate", "Advanced" and "Fluent", along with the number of years studied.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Required for all international applicants (whose primary language is not English) sent via ETS.  Not required if your most recent academic program is in an institution where English is the primary language of scholarship and instruction.  Please check the Exam Requirements for International Applicants to confirm applicability.

Inquiries about the admissions process and the application can be sent to You may also check our F.A.Q. for common answers.

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Knight-Hennessy Scholars 

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program cultivates and supports a highly-engaged, multidisciplinary and multicultural community of graduate students from across Stanford University, and delivers a diverse collection of educational experiences, preparing graduates to address complex challenges facing the world. Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in an experiential leadership development program known as the King Global Leadership Program and receive funding for up to three years of graduate study at Stanford. Two applications must be submitted separately; one to Knight-Hennessy by October 6, 2021, 1 pm PST, and one to the Stanford graduate degree program by its deadline. Visit to learn more and apply.