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Classics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #13 (QS) , NJ,
The Princeton Classics Ph.D. program fully recognizes the importance of the diverse aspects of the discipline and aims to offer all students an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and varied course of study. The department currently offers four curricular options: literature and philology, history (Program in the Ancient World), classical philosophy, classical and Hellenic studies.


  • Students concentrating on history are normally members of the Program in the Ancient World (PAW); those concentrating on philosophy, of the Program in Classical Philosophy (PCP); and those concentrating also on Byzantine and modern Greek studies, of the joint Program in Classical and Hellenic Studies (CHS).
  • Students select their curricular option at the beginning of the program, though later changes are possible in consultation with the director of graduate studies and the graduate committee. Membership in PAW is open also to students concentrating on literature and philology (LP), who must normally declare their decision to join PAW no later than January of their first year.
  • All students, irrespective of their curricular option, are required to acquire a broad knowledge of classical literature and history by the time they complete their general examinations. They also prepare for special examinations on authors or topics of their choice (the type of these examinations varies with the curricular option chosen).
  • Students make steady progress toward the completion of examinations and dissertation at a pace that takes account of their preparation at entrance and their progress while in residence. Students regularly complete the general examinations by October of their third year and complete the dissertation by the end of the fifth.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses listed below are graduate-level courses that have been approved by the program’s faculty as well as the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School as permanent course offerings. Permanent courses may be offered by the department or program on an ongoing basis, depending on curricular needs, scheduling requirements, and student interest. 

Courses include:

  • Survey of Selected Greek Literature: Survey of Greek Literature
  • Problems in Greek History: Classical and Hellenistic Inscriptions
  • Problems in Greek and Roman Philosophy: Isocrates, Against the Sophists
  • Roman Lyric and Elegiac Poetry: Propertius & Tibullus
  • Problems in Latin Literature: Boethius
  • Problems in Ancient History: Politics & Religion
  • Problems in Ancient History: Ancient and Medieval Numismatics
  • Dissertation Writers' Seminar
For more information, please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Statement of Academic Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Fall Semester Grades
  • Prerequisite Tests
  • English Language Tests
    GRE :
  • General test
Additional Departmental Requirements:
  • Application Fee: $90
  • Sample of written work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    49450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49450 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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For Ph.D. candidates, tuition and fees are provided in the form of tuition support from fellowships, assistantships, or external sources.

Living costs for Princeton

  • 2022 - 4980 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Sources of Funding
  • Fellowships
  • Assistantships
  • External Funding
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • Travel Grants
  • Education Loans and Work Study
  • Assistance Programs
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