Admission

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements must be met prior to entering the program, but may be in progress during the time of application. Applicants with required degrees or coursework in progress may be offered admission conditional upon meeting the minimum requirements upon completion of the degree or coursework.

MA Admission Requirements

Credits: A one-term course is typically worth 3 credits at UBC. A credit represents one hour of instruction per week for one term.

1. Minimum admission requirements

All applications must meet the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, including minimum grade point averages (specific to country) and English Language Proficiency.

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.

3. Coursework requirements

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

4. Ancient language requirement 

It is strongly recommended that all MA applicants have completed two years  of language study (12 credits, or equivalent) before entrance. Students without two years of language study must complete this requirement during the program. The MA Classics requires upper-level undergraduate study in both of Ancient Greek and Latin (see above).

PhD Admission Requirements

Credits: A one-term course is typically worth 3 credits at UBC. A credit represents one hour of instruction per week for one term.

1. Minimum admission requirements

All applications must meet the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, including minimum grade point averages (specific to country) and English Language Proficiency.

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 (or equivalent) 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 (or equivalent) 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 (or equivalent) 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 (or equivalent) at the graduate level in Religious Studies, which may include up to 6 credits in the study of Asian religions.

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) in either Ancient Greek or 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 Monday, January 4, 2021 (for both the MA and PhD programs)

All letters of reference must be received (through the online system) by Thursday, January 14, 2021.
These deadlines are very strict. Remember to request references early!

All students are to apply for September entry.

Documents required for all graduate applications

Online Application Applications must be submitted using UBC’s online application portal. Please do not send any documents by mail as they will not be considered as part of your application package.

As parts of the online application, you will need to provide the following documents.

  1. Official transcripts. You will need to upload scans of official transcripts for every institution that you have attended. Missing, incomplete, or ineligible transcripts may result in refusal of your application. 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. UBC transcripts are not required.
  2. 3 letters of reference. Referees you list will be sent an automatically-generated email invitation to submit their references once you have submitted your application. Referees can choose to answer the list of standard questions provided online, OR upload a separate, signed letter OR both. Referees must have an institutional email to access the electronic submission system; those who do not will receive instructions to send a letter by mail.
  3. Statement of intent. Applicants should answer the following statement that appears on the online application: “Please provide a statement summarizing your academic or other professional interests, goals, and reasons for applying to this program (approx. 500 words). This may include your personal reasons for pursuing your field of study, highlights of relevant professional or academic experience, an outline of your proposed area of research, and/or your career plan upon completion of this program. You should clearly define how your previous study and experiences have prepared you to succeed in this particular graduate program.”
  4. Sample of writing. This can be a term paper or a substantial scholarly paper. There is no minimum or maximum length, though you may use 10 to 25 pages as a guideline.

Additional document requirements 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.