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Graduate Program Admission Information

Thank you for your interest in the graduate program in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies! The Department offers both an M.A. program and a Ph.D. program each with options in Classics or Hebrew Bible.

Applicants for graduate study may enter the program with either a B.A. or Master’s (M.A., M.Div., Th.M.) degree. For the Classics option, candidates are expected to have covered at least the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Classics, which consists of at least three years of both Greek and Latin. For the option in Hebrew Bible program, candidates are expected to have taken at least two years of Biblical Hebrew and one year of Greek.  Candidates whose preparation falls short of the minimum requirements may be admitted with deficiencies at the discretion of the Department, but will be required to do additional work within the first year of the program. Applications are evaluated on the basis of previous academic record, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, the writing sample and a personal statement.

All applicants to the program must apply on-line by January 5.  ONLY select the M.A. application if you plan on a terminal MA at UW-Madison, all other applicants select the Ph.D application even if you have not yet received an MA.  Please note: the $75 application fee must be paid at the time of application (international students will be charged an additional $6 for processing).

As part of the online application process, you will be asked supplemental questions regarding your level of language preparation and expected to upload the information listed below: 

  1.  Writing sample of scholarly work no more than 25 pages (optional). 
  2. Transcripts or academic records from each institution attended. You may upload unofficial copies for department review. International academic records must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Please note: official, hard copy transcripts will only be requested by the Graduate School upon Department recommendation for admission. Further information will be provided upon department admission. 
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use institution code 1846 to route your results to the UW Grad School. Once results are received, they will populate on your online application.
  4. TOEFL or MELAB for all international applicants.
  5. Statement of purpose (citing your reasons for graduate study). 
  6. Curriculum vitae listing language experience, awards, honors, etc. 
  7. Three letters of reference. You must submit your requests to all three of your references as part of the online application.  Recommenders will receive a notice via email and will submit their letters accordingly. 

In addition to University funds, there are limited scholarship funds available which are administered independently by the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. All applications received in full by January 5 will be eligible for fellowship opportunities from the Graduate School. If application materials are received after the deadline, you will no longer be eligible for a University Fellowship, although you may be eligible for consideration for financial assistance through Department funds such as Teaching Assistantships, Project Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or Departmental Fellowship.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the application process.