Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Undergraduates

Information for Prospective Graduate Students

The Department has been at the forefront of graduate education in Classics for well over a century. It offers a variety of approaches, emphasizing a wide range of knowledge and skills rather than a narrow early specialization.

PhD programs


The Department of the Classics offers seven programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy:

For details of program requirements, please see "Graduate programs" or select one of the program links above.

Non-degree programs

  • Special Students: Post-baccalaureate students who wish to study at Harvard, but are not enrolled in the Graduate School, may apply for Special Student status. For more information, see "Special Students" under Non-Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Visiting Fellows: Individuals holding a doctoral degree (or equivalent academic or professional experience), as well as ABD doctoral candidates, may apply for Visiting Fellow status to pursue independent research at Harvard. Please see "Visiting Fellows" under Non-Degree Programs in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Continuing Education: The Harvard Extension School offers open-enrollment courses (credit or noncredit) in the evening and online, including classes in Latin, ancient Greek, and classical literature and culture (current course listings). Classics courses may also be counted toward degree programs in the Extension School.