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Admission requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Classical Studies (or closely related discipline with similar language training) with an overall average of 78% (B+) in the last two years of undergraduate study
  • Three letters of reference, normally from academic sources
  • A statement of language acquisition. A one-paragraph description of the student's language training, including both ancient and modern languages relevant to the program. Those trained in ancient authors should give a sample list of authors and texts read
  • A statement of research interests. A maximum 500 word description of the applicant's motivations in applying to the program, scholarly interests and future aspirations. Applicants are encouraged to look at the research specialties of the faculty and identify two potential supervisors with whom they would like to work.  Applicants may also highlight any relevant employment or volunteer experience (e.g., teaching, archaeological digs, museum/library)
  • Writing Sample
  • Resume
  • Proof of competency in English, if applicable.  A score of 600 is required in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  See English Language Proficiency for other acceptable tests of English
  • Official transcript from all other post-secondary institutions

An Honours Bachelor’s degree from a program other than Classical Studies (or closely related discipline with similar language training) may be acceptable if evidence justifying admission is offered; however, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (a qualifying year) may be required of such applicants.

Please see the frequently asked questions section for more information on admission requirements.

Please see the UW Graduate Studies pages for the application process and the online application.

Due to funding restrictions we are currently limiting the number of international students we can admit. Please contact the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies prior to applying to discuss your interest in our programs. 

Applications are due February 1 for the 2017/2018 academic year.