Classics, MA

Program Category: MA Programs
Chair: John Ma
Director of Graduate Studies: Katharina Volk​​​​​​​
Email Address: [email protected]
Degree Programs: Full-Time/Part-Time: Free-Standing MA

The graduate program in the Department of Classics emphasizes the study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Graduate courses and advanced seminars are given regularly on the following subjects:

  • Greek and Latin linguistics
  • Greek and Latin literature (focusing on both individual authors and literary genres; for a reading list, see the Classics website)
  • The philosophy, intellectual history, and critical theory of the ancient world
  • The technical discipline of classical philology (paleography, textual criticism, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics)

Students may also take courses in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology (given in the Departments of History and the Department of Art History and Archaeology), but students whose primary interest is in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology should apply to those programs. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Classical Studies.

Special Admissions Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, all students must submit one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended, a statement of academic purpose, a writing sample (course paper, term paper, etc.), and three letters of evaluation from academic sources.

All international students whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate degree is from an institution in a country whose official language is not English, must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS.

For more information, refer to our Admissions Information and Frequently Asked Questions pages.


Spring admission is possible with department permission.

An adequate and proven reading knowledge of Greek and Latin is required for admission, together with completion of at least one year of advanced work in the other language.