Classical Archaeology

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. On Campus
60 months
33958 USD/year
33958 USD/year
18856 USD/year
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The Graduate Program in Classical Archaeology in the Department of Classics  at the University of California, Berkeley offers a PhD degree. A student who completes the PhD Program should be qualified for a faculty position in classical archaeology at a college or university and/or a curatorial appointment in Greek/Roman antiquities at a museum.


The Program has enjoyed notable success in placing its graduates, and scholars who have completed the PhD degree currently hold faculty or curatorial appointments at (among others) Princeton University, Brown University, the University of Michigan, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the University of Richmond, the University of Massachusetts – Boston, Mount Holyoke College, and the College of the Holy Cross.

The programme

The field of classical archaeology draws on and contributes to both the humanities and the social sciences, and the Program’s requirements at both the MA and PhD levels are designed to provide students with a rigorous training that reflects this circumstance. To this end the Program draws on the rich array of resources available to the Department both on the UC Berkeley campus and further afield. 

Students advancing from the MA Program may count any coursework completed in this program toward the satisfaction of any of the course requirements in the PhD Program (including courses that may satisfy the ancient language requirements and the methodology requirement) except for the required two archaeology seminars in the primary culture area and one required archaeology seminar in the secondary culture area. Students entering the PhD Program directly can petition the GA to accept equivalent courses completed at another institution towards the satisfaction of these same requirements.

Programme Structure

For the PhD in classical archaeology a student is required to complete the following coursework (7 courses for a total of 28 units).

  • 2 seminars on the archaeology of the student’s primary culture area (8 units);
  • 1 seminar on the archaeology of the student’s secondary culture area (4 units);

Four courses (at least two should be at the graduate level) on topics related to classical archaeology offered in at least two of the following programs: AHMA, Anthropology, Classics, History, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies (16 units); these courses should be selected to reflect the student’s specific area of interest, e.g., ancient art, epigraphy, archaeological method and theory, artifact analysis, etc. Two 2-unit graduate seminars can be taken in place of one 4-unit course towards the fulfilling of this requirement.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3.8 (recommended)

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

An applicant with an M.A. is expected to offer substantially stronger preparation in at least one of the two languages, since the Committee will be judging such an applicant against a real or notional pool of other M.A. students and not against students with only a B.A.

In brief, an application consists of:
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required. 
  • Writing sample
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.


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