Program Category: PhD Programs
Chair: John Ma
Director of Graduate Studies: Nancy Worman
Email Address: classics [at]
Degree Programs: Full-Time: MA, MPhil, PhD

In response to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Classics is not accepting doctoral applications for 2021 admission. Please visit the department's website for more information.

The Master’s program offered by the Department of Classics remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; we encourage you to consider applying for the stand-alone MA program.


The graduate program in the Department of Classics emphasizes the study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Graduate courses and advanced seminars are given regularly on the following subjects:

  • Greek and Latin linguistics
  • Greek and Latin literature (focusing on both individual authors and literary genres; for a reading list, see the Classics website)
  • The philosophy, intellectual history, and critical theory of the ancient world
  • The technical discipline of classical philology (paleography, textual criticism, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics)

Students may also take courses in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology (given in the Departments of History and the Department of Art History and Archaeology), but students whose primary interest is in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology should apply to those programs. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Classical Studies and offers, in conjunction with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society.

Program of Study

Students admitted to the doctoral program earn the MA by specializing in either Greek or Latin, then complete the MPhil in Classics, entailing study of both languages and their literatures. Students must also demonstrate reading knowledge of a modern language. See the Classics website for more information. The doctoral program culminates with the defense and submission of the dissertation.

Certificate in Comparative Literature and Society

Classics doctoral students may also earn a certificate in Comparative Literature and Society through the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS); for more information, see the ICLS website.

Teaching, Research, and Funding

Teaching and research experience are important aspects of graduate training and professional development, and graduate fellowships thus include some teaching and both supervised and independent research. All Classics doctoral students receive a full funding package, which includes both the cost of tuition and a stipend.

Classical Studies

Classical Studies is an interdepartmental PhD program dedicated to integrated, interdisciplinary study of the Greek and Roman worlds. The program is committed to its traditional core fields of historical, art historical, archaeological, and literary research while also extending its range into the study of ancient thought broadly conceived: ancient philosophy, historiography, medicine, religion, and the later reception of ancient ideas. Participating departments include Art History and Archaeology, Classics, History, and Philosophy. For more information, see the Classical Studies PhD program page.