The deadline for applications to begin graduate study Fall 2018 is January 5, 2018. We accept applications for Fall quarter only. Do not be concerned that some parts of the Graduate Division online application (e.g. the fellowship application) state December 15 as the deadline. The departmental deadline is the one that counts.

UCLA has an online application process: go to, orient yourself by looking at the materials under “Step 3” and then follow the link in “Step 4.” The online instructions will guide you through the process. Here are some additional notes:

  1. Plans for Graduate Study. Make sure that you put “Classics PhD”, since we do not admit students whose ultimate goal is not the PhD.
  2. Supplementary Information Form. You will be asked to provide details about your coursework in Greek and Latin. You will be able to view this link only after you have entered your plans for graduate study.
  3. Transcripts. While you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts as part of your application, the following is required: one official copy of your transcript sent directly to the department from the registrars of the academic institutions you have attended (beyond secondary school), OR you may request official copies and send them to us yourself.
  4. GRE scores. These are required. When you take your GRE you will be asked to supply institutional and department codes. UCLA is [Institution] R4837 and we are Department 2901. This will ensure that we receive your scores online. It is not necessary to send a hard copy to us.
  5. The online process will provide several opportunities to upload documents in support of your application. The maximum file size for these areas is 2.5 MB, so please avoid any embedded graphics. We prefer that you upload document as pdf’s where possible, as this avoids problems with fonts and formatting.
    1. Statement of Purpose. The first parts of this section ask you to list honors and awards, work experience, and other c.v.-like information. The second part is the essay. We want one to two pages, single-spaced. It is helpful if your statement of purpose shows that you have good reasons to want to enter our program. Before you begin to write, you should look at the list of faculty in the department and refer to their individual web pages. Feel free to email department faculty to ask to see a current syllabus, or just generally to talk about research.
    2. Writing sample. Your sample should demonstrate your ability to write at a pre-professional level (proper style, bibliography) and must show originality and insight, along with an ability to interpret your material within its cultural context. Samples should be around twenty pages. It is preferable to upload your sample as a pdf to avoid font conflicts. If you encounter problems, you may send the sample to the department in hard copy.
    3. Resume/CV.
  6. Fellowship application. Make sure to check all appropriate boxes. Applicants for the Cota-Robles Fellowship need to pay particular attention to this form. See the following step for details.
  7. Special note for Cota-Robles applicants. The Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship is a four-year program providing support to a limited number of outstanding underrepresented students entering PhD programs at UCLA. The Classics Department may nominate potential candidates for selection by the UCLA Graduate Division. Individuals from underrepresented cultural, geographical, or socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are individuals who have engaged in significant service efforts to increase participation in higher education by underrepresented groups. Please find the complete instructions and criteria here. To apply for this fellowship, click the Cota-Robles fellowship button in the Fellowship Application section of the online application. Please read the information there carefully and craft a cogent diversity statement.
  8. Letters of recommendation. These letters will be submitted online. You will be asked to list your recommenders in the online application and give their contact information. Of the three letters required, at least two should come from people who have taught you Latin and Greek. Letters should attest to your intellectual potential ability, your ability to translate accurately, your teaching potential and your skill as a writer.Questions about the content of the program should be directed to the Graduate Advisor, Professor Alex Purves: Questions about paperwork or problems in dealing with the online application should be directed to the Classics Student Affairs Officer, Klancy Maples:

When will I hear?

The Graduate Committee begins reading files in January; after that we will extend invitations to visit campus during a specified visiting period in February or March. At the end of the visit, the committee typically decides on 4-6 offers of funding packages. The conventional deadline for students to accept their offers is April 15, so offers to other students should begin by early April.

Otherwise, applicants will receive a letter in the mail, probably by late March. We know it is hard to wait, and will write as soon as we can. Please do let us know if you need to hear from us. We want all applicants to know that we appreciate your serious interest in Classics and in our program at UCLA, and that we look forward to reading your materials.