Doctor of Philosophy

In response to the disruptions caused by the global pandemic, graduate programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh are pausing admissions for fall 2021. This one-year intermission will enable us to devote our resources and attention to our continuing students. Graduate training and research are central to the mission of the Dietrich School and the Department of Classics.. While we do not pause admissions lightly, in these uncertain times we are committed to optimally supporting our current students’ success and wellbeing. 

If you seek to begin your graduate studies in the fall of 2021, we thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best in your endeavors. If you consider applying to our program for fall 2022, or have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Christian Wildberg


Doctor of Philosophy in Classics, Area of Concentration in Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science


The Doctor of Philosophy in Classics is integrated into the Joint Graduate Program in Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science

The program is primarily designed to train professional scholars and teachers of the Classics with a specialization in ancient philosophy, and/ or ancient science. The students’ primary association is with the Department of Classics. At the same time, they will work closely with graduate students and faculty drawn from the Departments of Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science. The rigorous curriculum is comprised of inter-departmental seminars offered by the graduate faculty from the three participating departments, and complemented by a range of seminars from across the University’s thriving intellectual departments and communities. The Ph.D. program mentors students’ professionalization by actively supporting publication, conference participation, and membership in professional organizations. It prepares students to participate in and contribute to scholarly conversations nationally and internationally. All Ph.D. students instruct a variety of undergraduate courses under mentorship of the faculty, which include Greek and Latin language classes, Greek and Roman civilization and history. Graduates of the program are well-qualified and competitive candidates for academic positions at a variety of institutions, post-doctoral research opportunities, and non-academic employment sectors.

Classics Graduate Handbook