Ph.D. On Campus


University of California, Berkeley

84 months
17800 USD/year
17800 USD/year
10248 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The program of studies which leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Classics at University of California, Berkeley is designed to give a thorough preparation in the fundamentals of classical scholarship while encouraging the pursuit of intellectual enquiry and the development of original research according to the capacity and interests of the individual student.


The examination and course requirements which every student must satisfy before being advanced to candidacy to write a dissertation are intended to ensure attainment, up to at least the minimum level essential for a Classical scholar, of specific skills and all-round competence in the languages (ancient and modern), in the history, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome, in the fundamental techniques of scholarship, and in the ability to sustain informed and penetrating discussion; the dissertation is intended to demonstrate the student’s ability to make a successfully independent and original contribution to research.

Professional aim

In addition, the Doctor of Philosophy in Classics at University of California, Berkeley has a practical professional aim. The holder of a Berkeley Ph.D. in Classics should be able to teach any lower division course in Greek or Latin, any upper division course in the language of special emphasis, and graduate courses in at least one area in the language of special emphasis and/or in an area common to both languages. This is the minimal aim, but all will be encouraged to go beyond it.

Students are expected to complete their oral qualifying examination and advance to candidacy by the 10th semester and complete their degree within 14 semesters or seven years.

Programme Structure

Unit Requirement

  • The doctoral degree program will ordinarily involve completion, with a satisfactory grade (“B” or higher), of at least 64 units of course work between the beginning of the M.A. program and advancement to candidacy (for new students entering the program directly the GA may grant credit for equivalent courses completed satisfactorily elsewhere). The following paragraphs specify requirements that ensure a requisite degree of breadth and range in the student’s preparation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To thrive in our program you will need to arrive at Berkeley with substantial preparation in both languages; 
  • An applicant with an M.A. is expected to offer substantially stronger preparation in at least one of the languages
  • The committee values various forms of additional preparation such as: extensive reading in one or both languages; reading knowledge of modern languages; courses in disciplines relevant to Classical Studies such as ancient history and archaeology; courses in adjacent areas such as literary theory and methodology.
  • The committee considers overall GPA, GPA in junior and senior years, and GPA in Classics courses, with emphasis on the last two and especially on the last.
  • International applicants should submit a TOEFL score unless their undergraduate or previous graduate work has been carried out at an institution where the language of instruction is English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17800 USD per year during 84 months.
  • National

    17800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17800 USD per year during 84 months.
  • In-State

    10248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10248 USD per year during 84 months.

Living costs for Berkeley

1750 - 2820 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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