Applicants to any of the graduate programs need a Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college. An undergraduate major in Classics, Classical Studies, Greek or Latin, Ancient History, or Archaeology or its equivalent is necessary for admission.
Without setting down hard and fast minimum requirements, the Classics Department will judge candidates partly on their competence in Classical Greek and Latin. At least two year's study in both languages is ordinarily required for students applying to the doctoral programs or to masters programs intended to lead to the doctorate. Undergraduate study of French and German is also strongly advised.
Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and to send the results to the Department.
Applicants should be able to engage successfully in graduate study, to teach and/or carry out related professional activities, and to think critically and write persuasively on a subject or in a genre appropriate to the program to which they are seeking admission. (Letters of recommendation, especially those from academic faculty, should address these issues.)
Applicants should have professional goals and plans consistent with the programs of study available in the Department. (The applicant's statement of purpose and application should help to demonstrate this.)
The closing date for application for admission to graduate study in Classics is normally January 15 of each year.
Prospective students are invited to write, call, or visit the Department of Classics. Please address correspondence to:
or, if you are using a shipper or courier (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.) use:
Department of Classics
410 Blegen Library
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Further information on graduate study at the University of Cincinnati may be obtained from the Division of Graduate Studies and Research, located in Room 100 Van Wormer, on the Clifton campus. Your interest will be forwarded to our department.
Applications to the program are submitted online through the Graduate School webpage. A completed application must include the following:
Three letters of reference from former professors or supervisors. The recommenders should submit the letters electronically. Recommenders listed in the online application will receive an email notification about submitting their letter online. Further instructions for electronic submission are on the application.
Official transcripts from previous institutions to be sent directly to the Graduate School at the following address (unofficial transcripts can be uploaded during the application process):
Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
PO Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627
Submit your GRE scores (and if an international student, your TOEFL scores). These are sent electronically directly from the testing agency to the University of Cincinnati. Note that the UC institutional code is 1833. You do not need a department code.
A Statement of Purpose containing a brief intellectual autobiography describing your goals and professional objectives.
A Writing Sample (20-40 pages) which demonstrates your ability to research, assemble, evaluate, and present a scholarly argument.
- The online application gives the option of recording a video response. Please do not send one. The department does not take the response into consideration in its application review.