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Classics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #13 (ARWU) Ithaca, NY, United States
The Ph.D. degree requires six semesters in residence and the successful completion of one of the programs listed below (the M.A. is not a prerequisite for the Ph.D.).
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Learning Outcomes

Make an original and substantial contribution to the field:
  • think originally and independently
  • identify new research opportunities
  • Achieve breadth and diversity of knowledge in the field:
  • proficiency in the relevant languages, ancient and modern
  • thorough command of theoretical and empirical knowledge across the field
  • in-depth knowledge of one major area
Communicate research findings effectively:
  • produce publishable scholarship
  • achieve excellence in spoken presentations
  • Demonstrate effective skills in undergraduate teaching

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject:

  • Ancient History
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Classical Literature And Philology
  • Classical Myth (Minor)
  • Classical Rhetoric (Minor)
  • Greek And Latin Language And Linguistics
  • Indo-european Linguistics (Minor)
  • Medieval And Renaissance Latin Literature

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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General Requirements

Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a writing sample.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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All graduate students in the Field of Classics are admitted with five years of guaranteed support, including tuition, health insurance, as well as an annual stipend, and summer stipend after the first through fourth years. 

Two years of this support (ordinarily the first and the fifth) take the form of fellowships provided by the Graduate School. The other three years are derived from fellowships controlled by the Department and from teaching assistantships.

The Department of Classics, with the support of the Graduate School, makes available from the Townsend Endowment financial support for a sixth year. This sixth year funding is awarded at the discretion of the Department to students demonstrating excellent progress. 

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