Greek and Roman Studies

Greek and Roman Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Research in Greek and Roman studies is based on the many writings and artifacts that have survived from ancient times and have been rediscovered. These range from everyday materials and records of human living to classic masterpieces of literature and art. The aim of this doctoral program is to train research-minded students, already armed with original ideas and initiative, to become inspiring teachers and insightful professional scholars. In our small and vibrant department, you will get the access and attention you need from our faculty of internationally recognized scholars. Students can take advantage of the department's reference library and extensive database. Opportunities exist for cross-disciplinary study with related programs like religious studies.

Completing this program

  • Core Course: A course on research and professional training (not counted toward the student's GPA).
  • Directed Studies: Four courses in Greek and Latin texts, or in introductory language classes for graduate students.
  • Reading List and Proposal: Students prepare a core reading and dissertation reading list and submit a dissertation proposal.
  • Additional Courses: Four graduate seminar courses, two of which may be outside the department if appropriate to the student's specialization.
  • Language Requirement: Reading knowledge of two of the three following modern languages into English: French, German or Italian.
  • Candidacy and Dissertation: Students must pass a candidacy exam, and must submit and defend an original dissertation.


Academic teaching and research, curatorial positions in museums, archival work in libraries.

A PhD in greek and roman studies is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


One core course, four seminars and four studies in Greek/Latin texts

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Six years maximum


A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Marica Cassis looking at a Syriac church

    Marica Cassis

    Accepting Inquiries
    Syriac History and Archaeology, Byzantine History and Archaeology, Muslim-Christian interaction in Mesopotamia, Gender theory in Byzantine Archaeology, Byzantine Anatolia
  2. Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

    Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

    Roman religion, Early Christianity and its interactions with non-Christian religions, Ancient divination, Greek and Roman historiography
  3. Lisa Hughes

    Lisa Hughes

    Roman Art and Archaeology

Admission requirements


While the minimum GPA requirement is 3.0, successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 point system.

Minimum education

Master of Arts or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples




Reference letters


Test scores


Additional languages

Competence in reading French, German or Italian must be acquired either before or during the program.

All research areas require proficiency in reading Greek and/or Latin.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1

Online Application Opens - October 1.

  • January 15:  Application Deadline
  • January 25:  Supporting Documents and Reference Deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Classics and Religion

Social Sciences Building, Room 558
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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