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Applications for Fall 2025 will open August 1, 2024. Please contact our office directly as questions arise, and we look forward to reading your application soon.

Application Deadlines

January 2, 2025

Applications due for the Chemistry program

January 5, 2025

Applications due for Classical & Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin and Classical Studies, and History of Art programs

January 15, 2025

Applications due for Mathematics and Physics programs

In exceptional cases, applications for admission with financial support to Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics may be considered after the January deadlines.

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.

Required Materials

In addition to any materials specifically requested by departments, all applicants must submit:

Please email official transcripts of all work done in other academic institutions to gradadmissions@brynmawr.edu.

International applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. If your degree was earned at an institution outside of the United States, we require that you have your transcripts evaluated by a third-party service like World Education Services (WES).

For the 2023-2024 Admissions cycle, due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on testing access, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional for the following Departments:

  • Chemistry, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, History of Art, and Mathematics
  • Physics: general test and subject exam optional but scores will be considered if submitted

Applicants to the graduate programs may submit GRE scores, if they took the test previously. We only accept official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Our institutional code is 2049. Scores within five years are valid.

Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if your native language is not English. Scores within two years are valid.

The following minimum TOEFL scores are required:

  • 600 (paper-based)
  • 100 (iBT)

The minimum IELTS score is 7.

For information on how and where to take the TOEFL see www.toefl.org. For IELTS: www.ielts.org.

Exceptions to the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be made for applicants who (a) have lived in the U.S. for three years or more, or (b) have graduated from a college or university at which the language of instruction is English. Proof of residency is required for (a); a transcript is required for (b).

Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak specifically to your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree in the field in which you are applying. Normally the recommenders are professors with whom the applicant has worked closely in undergraduate or graduate courses.

A statement of interest describing why you seek to pursue your chosen field at the graduate level and why you want to do so at Bryn Mawr.

Applicants have the option of submitting a resume or CV, which can provide departments with a more complete picture of your previous experiences.

For Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology; Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies; and History of Art

Applicants to these programs must submit a recent research paper or critical essay.

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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:

  • Chemistry
  • Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
  • History of Art
  • Mathematics 
  • Physics (general test and subject exam optional, but scores will be considered if submitted)
  • 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 sub-committee on awards of the Graduate Council. 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.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 is normally required. This fee is waived for McNair scholars and Fulbright nominees if they so identify themselves, and may be waived for other students by the Office of Graduate Admissions in cases of hardship. Requests for a fee waiver should be made by email sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions (gradadmissions@brynmawr.edu).

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