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Requirements for Admission

All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree when they enter the program. In addition, those applying to the track in Classics must have completed at least three years of ancient languages at the college level; this requirement may be fulfilled by any combination of Greek and Latin classes, but admission priority will be given to those who have at least a year (and preferably two) of each language. Students applying to the track in Religious Studies must have completed at least one year of ancient Greek or biblical Hebrew.

Applicants may be enrolled in the language(s) at the time of their application, but acceptance into the program in this instance will be contingent upon successful completion of the relevant courses. Students interested in the program who have not taken a sufficient amount of the relevant ancient languages or whose language experience is weak from a significant lapse of time should take courses to meet the minimum requirements before applying to the Post-Baccalaureate program. These courses can be taken through the University’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, through an intensive summer program, or at any conveniently located school.


The Post-Baccalaureate Program has rolling admissions. You may apply any time between Dec. 1 and May 15 to be admitted the following fall. There is no application fee. You will be notified of the department’s decision as soon as possible, but generally no sooner than a month after you submit your application. A month after you have applied, inquiries about your application status are welcome.

Students wishing to apply to the program should submit the following by email to the director:

  • 1. Complete the application to the Post-Baccalaureate Program. There is no application fee.
  • 2. Send transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • 3. Provide two letters of recommendation from teachers familiar with your work, especially as your work relates to study of the ancient languages and your goals entering the program. Recommenders should email letters as an attachment to the Program Director at jimoharaATuncDOTedu, or mail letters to
    • James O’Hara, director
      Post-Baccalaureate Program
      212 Murphey Hall, CB 3145
      The University of North Carolina
      Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145
  • 4. Include a personal statement, not more than two double-spaced pages, explaining your goals in entering the program and your thoughts on how you would like to design your personal program of study. Please indicate whether you are applying to the track in Classics or in Religious Studies.
  • 5. Provide a list of ancient texts you have read in the original languages (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, or others).

Finally, after the program accepts a student, he or she will need to apply separately to The Friday Center’s “Part-time Classroom Studies” in order to register for courses. Students should follow the application procedures for Part-time Classroom Studies. For additional information, please consult The Friday Center’s website.