Admission

Admission Requirements

MA Admission Requirements

1. Minimum admission requirements

All applications must meet the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

2. Bachelor’s degree in a related field

All MA programs require a bachelor’s degree, normally in Classics (Latin and Greek), Classical Studies (non-language program), Near Eastern Studies, or Religious Studies and at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in courses directly related to the intended field of study.

3. Coursework requirements

The MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity requires at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Classical, Near Eastern, or Religious Studies, and/or in classical languages.

The MA in Classics requires at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Ancient Greek and/or Latin are required, including at least 6 credits in each language.

The MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology requires at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Classical Studies and/or Near Eastern Studies, including at least 6 credits studying classical art or archaeology.

The MA in Religious Studies requires at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Religious Studies (which may include up to 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level either in the study of Asian religions (ASIA) or of a classical language: Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, and/or Latin).

A one-term course is typically worth three credits at UBC. A credit represents one hour of instruction per week for one term.

4. Ancient language requirement 

It is strongly recommended that all MA applicants have completed two years of language study before entrance. The MA Classics requires upper-level undergraduate study in both of Ancient Greek and Latin (see above).

PhD Admission Requirements

1. Minimum admission requirements

All applications must meet the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

2. Master’s degree in a related field

Applicants for the PhD must have an MA and must have completed a minimum of 12 credits of course work at the graduate level (i.e. numbered 500 or above) in the relevant field.

3. Coursework requirements

The PhD in Classics and PhD in Classics (Ancient History) require a minimum of 12 credits at the graduate level in Ancient Greek and Latin, with at least 3 credits in each language.

The PhD in Classics (Classical Archaeology) requires a minimum of 12 credits at the graduate level in Classical Archaeology and prior completion of the archaeological fieldwork requirement.

The PhD in Religious Studies requires a minimum of 12 credits at the graduate level in Religious Studies, which may include up to 6 credits in the study of Asian religions (ASIA).

A one-term course is typically worth three credits at UBC. A credit represents one hour of instruction per week for one term.

4. Ancient language requirements

Graduate-level coursework in Ancient Greek and Latin are requirements for the PhD Classics and the PhD Classics (Ancient History) (see above).

Applicants to the PhD Classics (Classical Archaeology) must have completed at least two years’ undergraduate study (12 credits, or equivalent) each in Ancient Greek and Latin prior to admission (minimum grade: B-/68%),

Applicants PhD Religious Studies must have completed at least two years’ undergraduate study (12 credits, or equivalent) in one of Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, or Latin prior to admission (minimum grade B-/68%)

Application Procedure

Please visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to review the UBC Graduate Studies Application and Admissions Procedure in more detail.

Please carefully review the Admission Requirements and the Requirements and Policies for your program before applying.

Deadlines

The online application must be completed and submitted by Friday, January 5th, 2019 (for both the MA and PhD programs)

All letters of reference must be received (through the online system) by Monday, January 15th, 2019.
These deadlines are very strict. Remember to request references early!

All students are to apply for September entry. In very exceptional circumstances the Department will consider January admission for the MA program only.

Documents required for all graduate applications

  1. On-line application. This must be submitted online via the central UBC link: Online Application. You will need to upload scans of your official transcripts to the online application. UBC transcripts are not required. If admitted, you will be prompted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to send official, sealed copies of your transcripts to their office.
  2. 3 letters of reference. These should be submitted online using the electronic reference (“e-ref”) system in the applicationReferees listed on the applicants’ forms will be sent an automatically-generated email invitation to submit their references once the applicant has submitted his/her on-line application. Referees can choose to answer the list of standard questions provided online, OR submit a separate, signed letter of reference as a PDF that is uploaded to the system OR both, if they wish.
  3. Statement of intent. Applicants should answer the following statement that appears on the online application: “Please provide a brief statement of your academic and/or professional goals and how these align with this graduate program” (Free text, no more than approximately 600 words).
  4. Sample of writing. This can be a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper, and should be uploaded to the online application.
Additional documents required for applicants from international institutions
  1. Original transcripts with English translation. Transcripts and diplomas in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Please see the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  2. Demonstrated proficiency in English. Please see the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for minimum acceptable scores on standard English proficiency tests for students with a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is not English.

Note: GRE scores are not necessary.