Prospective Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

We are always happy to meet with prospective students who wish to visit the University of Chicago. Please contact the departmental administrative assistant, Kathy Fox, as well as individual faculty members in your area of interest to schedule appointments or to sit in on courses. 

The Department of Classics offers three PhD tracks: Classical Languages and Literatures, Ancient Mediterranean World, and Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy, as well as a joint PhD in Social Thought and Classics. You can learn about current and recent graduate students and their research interests in the Students section and the Alumni section.

The Office of Enrollment offers tours of campus for prospective graduate students. More information about planning a visit is available on their website.

More information about current and recent graduate courses is available in our courses section.


Applicants to the Department of Classical Languages and Literatures should have a strong background in Greek and Latin and an inquiring mind. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are encouraged to apply; they should explain their plan for achieving language readiness in Greek and Latin. All graduate students are also expected to demonstrate proficiency at reading French and German by, roughly, the end of their third year.

How to apply

To apply to our graduate program, please see the Division of the Humanities admissions information page

You may have questions about admission or the application process. Please feel free to contact the Dean of Students at or the Chair of the Classics Department Committee on Graduate Admission and Recruitment, Michael Allen, (

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