How to Apply

Graduate study in classics requires reading knowledge of Latin and Greek. In general we expect at least three years' coursework in one language and two in the other. If you have any question about the appropriateness of your experience in the languages, please consult the graduate advisor, Thomas Habinek.

We offer full financial support to qualified applicants.
The application process has two tracks. You must submit certain formal information and pay an application fee to the University; and you must submit most academic information directly to the department.

To apply to the university, please use the on-line application system found at the Graduate Admissions Web site at http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply/

To the department, please send the following:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample (on which see below)
  • a list of texts read in Latin and Greek

Your statement of purpose for the Graduate School application should explain both why you wish to pursue graduate study in classics and, more specifically, why you wish to do so at USC. We admit a small number of students each year in order to offer them full financial support; we therefore seek to find individuals whose interests best suit our program.

The writing sample can be an essay written for an undergraduate course, either as it was submitted or as reworked. It should display your skills as a reader and writer, and your engagement with Latin or Greek texts, as relevant. Ideally, it would provide a guide to your skills at translation, too. Send an essay you are proud of.

When to send

In order to be considered for competitive fellowships at the university level, applications should be completed by December 15th.  January 15 is the final deadline for applications to be considered for departmental fellowships.

We admit only as many students as we can fully fund. For that reason, the admissions committee maintains a list of alternates and the final roster for the year is not closed until mid-April. Please contact the graduate advisor with any questions about the status of your application.

Financial Aid
We support everyone whom we admit with five-year package that combines fellowship support and teaching assistantships. These packages generally combine two years of fellowship with three years of teaching. The annual financial package consists of a competitive stipend, 12 units per semester of tuition remission and year-round health insurance. Students may also be eligible for further support for travel and research from the department and/or university.

When will I hear from USC?
We seek to evaluate applications in late January and early February, and will contact applicants as soon as a decision on their case is made.

If you have questions:
-Please write, call, or email us at:

Department of Classics
Taper Hall of Humanities 256
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352

Phone: (213) 740-3676
Fax: (213) 740-7360
Email: classics@dornsife.usc.edu

Please do e-mail any department member, as listed in the Faculty section of our website. If you're especially interested in any of our special interests, of course we want to hear from you.

  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352