Draft Listing of Ancient Philosophy Graduate Programs (updated)

Which programs should students who want to pursue graduate work in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy consider? I would like to provide a listing of such programs and associated helpful information. I have posted below a draft of programs, with one listing for MA programs and another for PhD programs. This is just a draft, so please let me know of any programs that should be added or any relevant information of which I should be aware. The list will be inclusive, so any place where students can write on or focus on ancient philosophy is eligible. I also want to include some information about programs outside the English-speaking world, so do let me know about additions to make there.

I would also like to get feedback from readers on which information would be most helpful for the listing, so please vote in the polls below. Update: I have added a new poll on whether this listing should be ranked.

Should there be a separate listing of MA programs that are focused on ancient philosophy?
Which of the following would you like included in a program listing? Select all that apply:
20 votes · 86 answers
Should the list of programs be ranked in some way?
21 votes · 21 answers


Master’s Programs:

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 2 year MA, Munich, Germany (core instruction in English, some in German)

University of Cambridge, 1 year MPhil in Classics, Cambridge, UK

University of Durham, 1 year MA in Classics, Durham, UK

University of Edinburgh, 1 year MSc in Philosophy, Edinburgh, UK Note: This program is not running in 2018-19

University of Oslo, 2 year MA, Oslo, Norway (can be fully completed in English, some courses may be in Norwegian)

University of Oxford, 1 year MSt, Oxford, UK

University of Western Ontario, 2 year MA, London, Ontario, Canada


PhD Programs:

Boston College
Boston University
Catholic University of America
Cambridge University
City University of New York Graduate Center
Columbia University
Cornell University
Fordham University
Harvard University
Humboldt University, Berlin (instruction in ancient philosophy is in English)
King’s College, London
KU Leuven 
Loyola University Chicago
Marquette University
McGill University
Munich School of Ancient Philosophy (core instruction in English, some in German)
New School for Social Research
New York University
Northwestern University
Oxford University
Pennsylvania State University
Princeton University
Stanford University
Yale University
University of Arizona
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Durham
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Notre Dame
Université Paris-Sorbonne (instruction in French)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of St. Andrews/Stirling Joint Program
University of São Paulo (instruction in Spanish)
University of Texas, Austin
University of Toronto
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin Madison
Washington University in St. Louis



  • Chryssa

    Great addition to the website. I’d recommend that you RANK the programs rather than listing them alphabetically, according to the ranking offered by the Leiter report, which is the most thorough we have, or, you might consider creating a ranking, by emailing the faculty that have been most active in anct philo (this ought to include the Leiter report participants), and having them rank the programs. If you decide on this, you ought to list the faculty who participated in the survey, as Leiter himself does.

  • Jonathan Greig

    Hi Caleb, excellent that this list exists, many thanks for getting it together.

    Just a quick note, since I’m a local at this place: Munich’s PhD/MA advanced seminars are generally primarily in English (some minor variations each semester/year), similar to Berlin. That probably doesn’t affect your text, technically, but the core seminars are in English.

    I voted anonymously above too, but I would say adding faculty and strengths would be good, among the other suggestions. Perhaps you could do what you’ve done for journals and put all this extra info in a table or dynamically expandable list on here.

    And at the moment I think adding rankings doesn’t make sense—nearly all my ancient phil. colleagues are unanimous that they don’t say much, at least what I’ve known of e.g. Leiter’s Philosophical Gourmet. But maybe plan B—you could just link externally to the appropriate PG’s page (https://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/history-of-philosophy/).

    • Caleb Cohoe

      Thanks for the clarification and suggestions. I’ve altered the language about Munich to better reflect this. I’ll probably do both a table and a dynamically expandable list. A link to the PG page would also be the easiest way to have that info available for those who want it, so I’m definitely considering that.


    One more suggestion. There are outstanding faculty in anct philo at some schools that don’t have a program in anct philo. So, rather than include faculty and their research interests only for those schools that have programs in anct philo, I would create an additional list of outstanding faculty in anct philo for schools not having a program in anct philo.

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