Every applicant should first review the description of the target program for advice on preparing the application. For additional questions about the logistics of the application process, please contact Amelia Goldsby at email@example.com or call 314-935-5123. For questions about qualifications or the program itself, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies. General information about Washington University for prospective students, including international applicants, can be found on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences site.
The deadline for applications for the MA and PhD in Classics is January 1.
- The completed application form. Please be sure to list your years of Greek and Latin study in the section on language preparation .
- Official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and postgraduate coursework to date. 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. The committee may ask you for unofficial, up-to-date transcripts after looking at the application. If your institution(s) provides official electronic transcripts, these can be sent directly from the registrar’s office to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies sent via US Mail, including express, should be sent to to the mailing address on the department website. If using another carrier, please substitute "242 Umrath Hall" for "CB 1050, 1 Brookings Dr."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, but applicants are welcome to supply excerpts from longer works such as theses.
- 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.
- Please note that the application no longer requires Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.