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, theory, and professional training. We offer an optional Emphasis in Ancient History and an Emphasis in Literature & Theory. We are home to a vibrant community of PhD students with a range of academic interests, from Greek tragedy to Roman history to the modern reception of Classics. Our PhD graduates pursue successful careers in academia, higher-ed administration, K12 teaching, and more. The department welcomes applications from those who come to UCSB with either a B.A. or M.A. in Classics or related discipline. Successful applicants to the program typically show a minimum of four years’ training in ancient Greek and Latin, with at least three years in the stronger language. 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


  • January 1, 2024 (by 11:59 PM PST) for Financial Support consideration;
  • May 1, 2024 (by 11:59 PM PST) - Final Deadline


  • November 1, 2023 (by 11:59 PM PST)


  • February 1, 2024 (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)
  • English Language Exam Scores (if applicable): TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) total score of 80, or TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) total score of 550, or IELTS Overall Band score of 7, or Duolingo English Test total score of 120, or higher
  • 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)