Application Process

We accept applications in the Autumn and Winter for admission to degree programs beginning the following September. The application deadline is December 15, 2020 for admission to programs beginning in September 2021. Although the University’s final deadlines for admission to degree programs are late in the spring and early in the summer, the Classics Department strongly recommends submitting all applications by its December 15 deadline. The Department makes commitments of funding early in the Winter term, and we may be unable to admit to the PhD program or offer funding to students who apply after the departmental deadline.

Applications to the Graduate Department of Classics must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application. The Department can consider your application only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, submitted the application fee and completed the full application (as described below). Once you access the SGS online admissions application and enter your contact information an applicant identification number and a password will be sent to you by email. You can leave and return to your application at any point until you move to the payment stage. After that point you can return to check on the status of your application; this includes submitting your supporting documents and verifying that we have received those documents.

Once you have entered your information, paid for the application, and received your SGS applicant ID number, you can submit your entire application online.

The online application consists of: 

  • Online application form
  • Outline of research interests
  • List of Greek and Latin texts read in the original language
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of reference
  • Curriculum Vitae (optional)

Note that as part of your online application you will be asked to submit a scanned version of an academic transcript from every post-secondary institution which you have attended. You will not be required to submit official paper copies of your transcripts until after the admissions committee makes its decision. If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript. Verification of your paper transcript will be a condition that must be met prior to registration.

Your outline of research interests should tell us where within the field of Classics your academic interests lie, what you have worked on in the past and what you would like to work on in the future. We also ask you to submit a list of Greek and Latin texts that you have read in the original language. This information helps us to gauge your level of preparation in the ancient languages. Your writing sample should be a piece of polished scholarly writing, such as a paper written for a course or part of an undergraduate thesis, usually no more than 20 pages in length, exclusive of bibliography.

You should solicit letters of recommendation from two people who know you well in an academic context and can attest to your scholarly strengths, achievements, and potential. Your recommenders can submit their letters online or, if they would prefer, mail them directly to the department in hardcopy. Finally, you may submit a curriculum vitae listing your scholarly and other accomplishments, if you wish, but this is not required as part of the application.

The Department of Classics does not use GMAT or GRE scores.

Applicants educated outside Canada whose primary language is not English and whose post-secondary education has not been conducted in English must arrange to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or another of the tests accepted by the School of Graduate Studies, and must arrange to have the results sent to the University of Toronto. Further information about required minimum scores is available on the SGS English-language Proficiency Testing page. Please note that we must have official notification of these scores before we can make an offer of admission.

The Department’s deadline for receipt of complete applications to be considered for funding is December 15.

If you have trouble downloading the forms or any other problems with the application process, please contact:

Ms. Coral Gavrilovic, Graduate Administrator
(416) 978-5513
(416) 978-7307, fax

Should you need to mail any documents to the department in hard copy you should send them to: 

Graduate Applications
Department of Classics
125 Queen’s Park
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 2C7