Classical Studies

Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: Francesco de Angelis
Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD

Classical Studies is an interdepartmental graduate program dedicated to integrated, interdisciplinary study of the Greek and Roman worlds. Participating departments include Art History and Archaeology, Classics, History, and Philosophy.

The Classical Studies program is committed to its traditional core fields of historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary research while extending its range into the study of ancient thought broadly conceived: ancient philosophy, historiography, medicine, religion, and the later reception of ancient ideas. Its faculty, housed in a variety of departments, continue to strengthen the program's interdepartmental approach. Each student follows a carefully-designed program in three major fields of classical studies, leading to a concentration on topics of research that involve more than one field of study. Together with the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, the Doctoral Program Subcommittee on Classical Studies is the home of a vibrant research community that provides broad and coherent training in classical studies.

Fellowships are awarded to students in the PhD program in recognition of academic achievement and in expectation of scholarly success. Teaching and research experience are considered an important aspect of the training of doctoral students. Thus, PhD fellowships include some teaching and research apprenticeship.

Special Admissions Requirements: 

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit a transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample (course paper, term paper, etc.), and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Deadline for Fall Admission: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Resume Requirement: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes
Writing Sample Number of Pages: 30
GRE General: Yes
Degree Programs: Full Time
Letters of Recommendation: 3


Applicants should have a reading knowledge of Greek and Latin and one modern language (German, French, or Italian); some undergraduate work in classical literature, philosophy, art, or history is desirable. Students without an MA degree are admitted only for the program beginning in the autumn term. Under special circumstances, students with an MA degree from Columbia or another institution may enter in the spring.