Graduate Program 2023 Virtual Open Houses

Interested in graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison?

The Department of Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies is now accepting applications for graduate study in Classics for Fall 2024 and will be hosting two virtual open houses for interested students on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM CT and Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM CT. 

Our Graduate Program in Classics

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At a Glance

  • Guaranteed five-year funding package (including tuition and stipend) offered to all admitted students
  • A faculty of 20 professors in Classics, Archaeology, and related fields
  • 5 faculty winners of campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Awards
  • Numerous teaching opportunities for graduate students in language and literature
  • 75% of our PhDs graduated since 2011 now in university or secondary jobs in the field

Application & Financial Support

Qualified students may apply now to enter the graduate program in Classics for Fall 2024. We are especially interested in attracting students historically underrepresented in classical studies.

Financial support for all students comes in the form of university fellowships and/or teaching positions. Both include a competitive living stipend, full tuition waiver, benefits and health insurance. All enrolled graduate students making satisfactory progress in our program are guaranteed up to five years of support, and we routinely fund a sixth year of support if needed.

Our campus remains active all summer long with opportunities for summer fellowships, research scholarships, and teaching. Our graduate students are also competitive for university teaching awards and prestigious semester-long fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities. Apply to our program here.

Our Values

Classics is a foundation of our University’s mission to train students in the humanities and liberal arts.

We are a vibrant and supportive community of professors, university staff, graduate students, and undergraduates, focused every day on training new generations of teachers, scholars, and students in all aspects of classical antiquity, and supporting students determined to use their liberal arts and humanities education to succeed in any field.

We have a diverse and professionally active faculty committed to a critical classical studies curriculum, with teaching and research interests in Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature, Greek and Roman history and culture, ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, archaeology and material culture, gender studies, environmental humanities, reception, and literary theory.

The Graduate School offers robust programs for professional development. Our graduate students participate in an active intellectual community, which boasts two independent units promoting the humanities: The Center for the Humanities and the Institute for Research in the Humanities.

The university’s campus is in the heart of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin and widely known as a very livable city in a picturesque setting among four large lakes and offering opportunities for year-round activities and recreation.

Learn more here and see our statement of Inclusive Excellence.

For more information, please contact the director of graduate admissions, William Aylward (