Doctoral Program

Applicants for Ph.D. in Classical Philology must hold the M.A. in Classics, or an equivalent graduate degree.

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  • M.A. (or equivalent) in Classics with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in previous graduate work. We do not accept applicants lacking significant experience in Greek and Latin.
  • Reading knowledge in one foreign language (German, French, or Italian).
  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL iBT or Academic IELTS score report. The test must have been taken no more than 2 years prior to your first semester at Illinois. Minimum score requirements for admission to Classics are 103 total on the TOEFL iBT or 7 total on the IELTS. All applicants whose native language is not English must pass the speaking section of the TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 24, or the speaking section of the IELTS with a minimum score of 8, or pass the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a minimum score of 50


  • Complete the Graduate College online application by January 4, 2022.
  • Submit 3 recommendation letters via the online application by including email addresses for all of your references. They will automatically receive an email from Apply Yourself with instructions on how to upload their letters of reference to your online application. If they don’t receive this email or have trouble uploading their letters, they should contact SLCL Grad Student Services.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do NOT require GRE scores for admissions in 2022-23.
  • Submit a Personal Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample(s), a CV or Resume, and other Academic Documents via the online application. The personal statement should be two to three (2-3) pages detailing your field of interest. It should explain the relation between your studies and/or work experience to date, your current interests, and your reasons for wanting to obtain a graduate degree in the Classics from our department. The writing sample may be a paper or excerpt of moderate length (20 pages), or two shorter papers (about 10 pages each). The sample should showcase the applicant’s ability to work in original classical languages and incorporate relevant secondary sources as appropriate. Also provide scanned copies of your transcripts (a complete list of all courses taken and grades received), as well as any certificates of degree completion or diplomas, for all the post-secondary schools you have attended (undergraduate and graduate programs). English translations should be provided when applicable, preferably a translation provided by the school attended. Official documents (original or “attested” copies) will be required if you are admitted.