The Department of Classics offers a PhD program that combines in-depth study of ancient Greek and Latin languages, literature, history, and culture, together with research methods and professional training. The department invites applications from those who come to UCSB with either a B.A. or M.A. in Classics from another institution. We also offer an Emphasis in Ancient History and an Emphasis in Literature and Theory. Successful completion of these degree programs demands a high degree of competency in both ancient Greek and Latin languages. Applicants to the program should show a minimum of four years’ training in these languages, with at least three years in the stronger language. Modern foreign languages for research will be required for degree(s). For further information about the graduate program, see the department web page.

Mailing Address

Department of Classics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Humanities & Social Sciences Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3120

Degree icon Degrees Offered

Address iconDeadlines
  • Fall: January 1, 2023 for Financial Support consideration; May 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST) - Final Deadline
  • Winter: November 1, 2022 (by 11:59 PM PST)
  • Spring: February 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)

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  • Online application:
  • Statement of Purpose, Personal History and Diversity Statement, and Resume or CV (submitted in the online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (submitted online)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (submitted online)
  • TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable)
  • Writing Sample (submitted in the online application)
  • Greek, Latin reading list, or other pertinent material (submitted in the online application)
  • Final/Official transcripts will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). UC Santa Barbara reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found.

Ancient History; Literature and Theory. Optional Ph.D. emphases in Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Translation Studies (Both Ph.D. only)