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The deadline for applications for the MA and PhD in Classics is January 1.
The Department of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis is accepting applications for its MA and PhD for Fall 2021 and plans to admit students to both programs at that time.
- Application: The completed application form.
- Language Background: Please be sure to include your years of Greek and Latin study in the section on language preparation.
- Unofficial Transcripts: For the purposes of initial review of applications, the Department of Classics requires that a copy of all Unofficial Transcripts (inclusive of all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework) be uploaded to the CollegeNet Application System. If transcripts do not reflect your work during the year of application, please be sure to indicate elsewhere on the application what your current coursework entails.
- Official Transcripts: Official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted to our program, at which point you can have official electronic transcripts sent from your registrar’s office to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a need to send official physical paper copies of transcripts, please let us know and we will provide the appropriate address.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from current or past instructors acquainted with your accomplishments to date. Aim to assemble a combination of recommenders who can, between them, describe your work in both ancient languages and in research in Classics or a related field. Letters must be uploaded to the application website; recommenders who have problems with the site may contact us at email@example.com for help.
- Personal Statement: A personal statement expressing your goals in seeking a graduate degree in Classics, describing the background that qualifies you to do so and the particular advantages you see in the program at Washington University. Reference to specific faculty members can help, but is not essential. The Admissions Committee is interested in applicants who (besides looking like a good fit for our program) show an understanding of what is entailed in graduate work and an ability to articulate their goals. We therefore recommend that you seek advice from instructors on crafting the personal statement.
- Writing Sample: A scholarly writing sample of ca. 15 pages, representing your work on a topic in Classics or a related field. The ideal submission makes use of both secondary sources and ancient text(s) in the original. If you do not have a single piece of writing that meets all these criteria, you may submit two shorter papers that meet individual criteria. Longer writing samples are acceptable and applicants, but applicants are also welcome to supply excerpts from longer works such as theses.
- TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, official TOEFL scores; these must be no older than two years, and must arrive by the application deadline. Waivers for applicants who have earned degrees at English-speaking institutions may be requested through the Director of Graduate Studies in advance of the deadline.
- GRE: Please note that the application no longer requires Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores for the Department of Classics.