Classical Studies, MA

Degree: Master of Arts (MA)
Field of Study: Classical Studies

Program Overview

The MA program in Classical Studies and concentration in Classical and Medieval Studies teaches students to critically analyze texts and material culture by using various theoretical approaches. They also stress ethical use of sources and material artifacts, which requires providing proper citations and obtaining permission to publish. 

The programs offer a broad selection of courses categorized by era (Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Republican, Imperial, and Medieval) and genre (epic, tragedy, comedy, history, satire, elegiac) as well as material culture courses in art history, archaeology, and epigraphy.


Students must write a substantial (at least 12,000-13,000 words or approximately 50 pages), carefully argued, original piece of scholarship that is scrupulously documented with primary and secondary sources on a topic in classics or medieval studies, under the direction of a faculty advisor. They are also required to give an oral presentation and defense.

How to Apply

Interested individuals can apply to the programs through the School of Graduate Studies and are admitted under Plan A (Master's Thesis).

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • GPA: 3.5 or higher recommended
  • 2 years of college-level Greek or Latin
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Application Deadlines

For fall semester enrollment: May 1 

For spring semester enrollment: November 1 (for applicants seeking both admission and financial aid) 

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.