The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Classics - PhD

Division: Humanities
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Department of Classics at the University of Chicago offers a series of unique educational programs that combine a strong and rigorous tradition in philological training with cutting-edge theories and methodologies in literary criticism; cultural poetics; philosophy; social, economic, and cultural history; classical art and archaeology; and religion. In recent years, the expansion of our faculty and programs has made available to both undergraduate and graduate students exciting and sophisticated approaches to antiquity, as well as solid training in such fields as palaeography, linguistics, papyrology, epigraphy, and numismatics.

Specific Areas of Focus

  • The Program in Classical Languages and Literatures
  • The Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • The Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • The Joint PhD Program in Social Thought and Classics 



  • Department of Classics
  • 1115 East 58th Street
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.702.8514
  • Website:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 15

The Department of Classics admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered for financial aid.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Department of Classics admits applicants only for the PhD degree, and does not offer a stand-alone MA program. If you are If you are interested in pursuing an MA focusing in Classics, we encourage you to explore the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH).

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. References: Three letters of reference should be included with your application.
  3. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL scores:* GRE scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applications, see the Test Requirements page on the divisional website. The University's GRE code is 1832.
  4. Statement of Purpose: Applicants should carefully state their purpose in pursuing a graduate degree. This statement is given considerable weight in the final decision regarding admission.
  5. Writing Sample: Applicants should submit a sample of their scholarly writing that is between 15 and 20 pages in length.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.
  7. Supplemental Data Form

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions typically are released in early March. No decisions will ever be given by phone, and no decisions will be given to those who inquire by email before early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

For information on program requirements, contact the departmental office directly.

Costs & Financial Aid

The Office of the Dean of Students works to assist graduate students at all stages of their studies who seek funding to support their scholarly work. Visit the Dean of Students website for an overview on funding support for pre-dissertation research, language study, conference travel, dissertation research, and post-doctoral fellowships. Interested students should also consult the Director of Grants and Fellowships for more information. As a general principle, we provide extensive funding for all students who matriculate in our doctoral programs. Applicants to our doctoral programs are considered for all University fellowship resources for which they are eligible.