84 months
17800 USD/year
17800 USD/year
10249 USD/year
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Students entering the PhD Classical Archaeology Program at University of California, Berkeley directly can petition the GA to accept equivalent courses completed at another institution towards the satisfaction of these same requirements.


Upon entry into the Classical Archaeology PhD Program at University of California, Berkeley, the student designates one of its two main culture areas (Greek, Roman) as his/her primary culture area, with the other becoming his/her secondary culture area by default. 

Greek archaeology is understood to include Aegean prehistory, while Roman archaeology is understood to include the archaeology of the Italian peninsula during the pre-Roman Iron Age (including Etruscan archaeology). The student should consult with the GA to resolve any problems that may arise with regard to coursework or fieldwork requirements (see below) stemming from difficulties in defining the chronological, geographical, and/or cultural boundaries of the Greek and/or Roman worlds.

A student may elect to change his/her primary culture area once only while in the PhD Program. Since the choice of primary culture area has substantial implications for a student’s requirements in several areas and eventual career path, students are strongly advised to take great care in deciding upon it.

Course units

A student in the PhD Program who has not yet advanced to candidacy must enroll for a minimum of 12 course units each semester in order to have full-time status. Once a student has advanced to candidacy he/she must still enroll for 12 units if holding a fellowship, an academic appointment, and at least 6 units for financial aid considerations.

There is no minimum number of units required for the PhD beyond the number required for completion of specific coursework 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
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


28 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Preparation in Greek and Latin. To thrive in our program you will need to arrive at Berkeley with substantial preparation in both languages;
  • The committee values various forms of additional preparation such as: extensive reading in one or both languages; reading knowledge of modern languages (particularly German and/or French or Italian)
  • 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.
  • (for international applicants) competence in written and spoken English. 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

    10249 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10249 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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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