Admissions & Aid

The co-educational Graduate School of Arts and Sciences invites applications from academically prepared prospective students. Applicants are strongly advised to make personal contact with the graduate director and faculty members in the departments to which they plan to apply.

Bryn Mawr currently accepts students into the following Ph.D. programs:

Bryn Mawr does not offer master's terminal degree programs.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree, and the prerequisite skills or training specified by individual departments and programs for admission.

Applying for Admission

More information about the application process, including instructions for submitting and application online and additional required materials can be found here.

How We Decide

Decisions on admission are made by the faculty of the department in which the applicant proposes to do graduate study. Decisions are based on the promise shown by the applicant's college or university grades, GRE scores*, personal and intellectual qualities attested in letters of recommendation, compatibility with program goals and resources as indicated in the personal statement, and other factors including the size of the current enrollments.

*Submitting GRE scores is optional for the following Departments:


Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

History of Art


Physics (general test and subject exam optional, but scores will be considered if submitted)

GRE required for Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology 

Applicants will be recommended by the faculty for financial support, comprised of a tuition waiver, stipend, and health insurance. These recommendations are reviewed by the Dean and the Committee on Graduate Awards. When the number of approved recommendations exceeds the amount of support available, some students will be wait-listed. Wait-listed students will be offered admission without support, or with limited support. They will be informed as soon as possible if funding becomes available.