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Admission and Financing

Applicants to the M.A. Program in Classical Studies should have completed an undergraduate degree in Classics (or another field, for those pursuing the Classical Culture track) with evidence of academic distinction and aptitude for pursuing graduate work in the Classical Studies Program.  

Villanova’s tuition rates and fees in graduate arts and sciences are affordable and competitively priced. Teachers and educators are eligible for reduced tuition rates.

Assistance with applications for student loans and a convenient payment plan are also available. We invite you to watch this video on financial assistance for graduate students. Additional information may be found in the guide issued by Villanova’s Office of Financial Assistance, “Understanding Financial Aid: Graduate Students,” available here.

1. Email Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Director of Classical Studies, to indicate your intention to apply to the on-campus or the online program.

2. Visit this "How to Apply" page for general admission policies.

3. Begin your application here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Prospective students may apply to the full M.A. Program (campus or online), or they may apply to take individual courses as non-matriculated students.

  • E-mail: to state your intention to apply as a non-matriculated student 
  • E-mail Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Director of Classical Studies, to state your intention to apply as a non-matriculated student and to indicate whether you wish to take courses online or on campus
  • Fill out the online application for the program in the link you receive in reply to your email
  • Submit transcripts
  • Upload a resume or curriculum vitae in the "additional documents" section of the application
  • Upload a Statement of Goals in the "additional documents" section of the application


Please follow this format for your Statement of Goals:

  1. name and email
  2. whether you are applying for the M.A. degree or as a non-matriculated student
  3. whether you plan to attend classes on campus or online (if online, indicate what time zone you are in)
  4. describe your interest in Classical Studies (including what areas interest you most)
  5. background in Classical Studies (include any Latin or Greek experience and, if so, describe the extent of your experience, where you studied, etc.)
  6. current situtation (e.g., current degree you are pursuing or current employment)
  7. purpose in pursuing the degree or classes
  8. any additional information you would like to include


Questions?  Email:

Dr. Valentina DeNardis
Director of Classical Studies

Laura Klee

Senior Administrative Assistant