Admissions

In response to the disruptions wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Classical Studies Graduate Program has elected to pause admissions for its PhD program for fall 2021. This one-year hiatus will allow us to provide our current doctoral students with additional support as they navigate the unanticipated needs that have arisen since the pandemic began. We understand that this may be disappointing news to those seeking to begin doctoral study in the fall of 2021, but we believe that we have an abiding responsibility to the students whom we have already admitted. Prospective PhD applicants are encouraged to apply in 2021 for admission in fall 2022. Our stand-alone Master’s program remains open to new students for the fall of 2021; the application for MA programs will go online on September 20, 2020. We thank you for your understanding and wish you the best in all your endeavors.

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one official transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a Statement of Academic Purpose, a writing sample (course paper, term paper, etc.) and 3 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, please refer to the Admissions webpage of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. To apply, please follow this link.

DEGREE: PHD
No Spring admission
Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission: See Above
Resume/CV
Writing Sample (maximum 30 pages)
GRE General (GRE Subject not required)
Three Letters of Reference
Miscellaneous see below

DEGREE: M.A.
Deadline for Spring 2021 Admission: October 29, 2020
Deadline for Fall 2021 Admission: April 29, 2021
Resume/CV
Writing Sample (maximum 30 pages)
GRE General (GRE Subject not required): Optional
Three Letters of Reference
Miscellaneous see below

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 interested in taking the Free-Standing M.A. option may be considered for admittance with a background in only one of the ancient languages. Students without an M.A. degree are admitted only for the program beginning in the autumn term. Under special circumstances, students with an M.A. degree from Columbia or another institution may enter in the spring.