Classics: Classics MA

Master of Arts​

Program Description

Applicants may be admitted to either the two-year MA program or the one-year advanced-standing option, depending on their level of preparation. The MA program may be taken on a part-time basis.

 

MA Program (Two Year)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Classics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of an appropriate bachelor's program in classics or a related field, with at least a B+ average in the final year and the equivalent of at least three and preferably four full years of training in either Greek or Latin and two full years of training in the other.

  • Students who are otherwise qualified but who lack the required amount of training in Greek and Latin should consult with the department about further preparation.

Program Requirements

  • Year 1: Students normally complete at least 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator from departmental language courses and seminars. Students who do not complete these courses with appropriate standing may be required to withdraw from the MA program or to retake the courses.

  • Year 2: Students normally complete at least 3.0 FCEs, including the Graduate Research Paper, selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, and complete the sight translation examination and qualifying examination(s).

    • Completion of one (0.5 FCE) of GRK 1000H or LAT 1000H (intensive advanced language skills), or equivalent, or a course from the GRK/LAT 1800H series, with a grade of at least B-.

    • Completion of three courses (1.5 FCE) from the CLA 5000H series.

    • Completion of CLA 2000Y (1.0 FCE) Graduate Research Paper with a grade of at least B. Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor for CLA 2000Y and works independently on the preparation of a research paper (about 8,000 words in length). The Graduate Research Paper is assessed by a committee of two faculty members, including the advisor.

    • Completion of the sight translation examination in either Greek or Latin with a grade of at least B-.

    • Completion of the Greek qualifying examination and the Latin qualifying examination (three-hour translation exam in each language, including both prose and poetry) with a grade of at least B-. Students whose field is Greek and Roman History may only choose to satisfy this requirement by completing either the Greek or the Latin qualifying examination with a grade of at least B- and by completing one language course in the other language with a grade of at least B+.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S);
9 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

MA Program (One-Year Advanced-Standing Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Classics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of an appropriate bachelor's program in classics or a related field, with at least a B+ average in the final year and the equivalent of at least three and preferably four full years of training in either Greek or Latin and two full years of training in the other.

  • Students who are otherwise qualified but who lack the required amount of training in Greek and Latin should consult with the department about further preparation.

Program Requirements

  • Students normally complete at least 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), including the Graduate Research Paper, selected in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, and complete the sight translation examination and qualifying examination(s).

    • Completion of one (0.5 FCE) of GRK 1000H or LAT 1000H (intensive advanced language skills), or equivalent, or a course from the GRK/LAT 1800H series, with a grade of at least B-.

    • Completion of three courses (1.5 FCE) from the CLA 5000H series.

    • Completion of the sight translation examination in either Greek or Latin with a grade of at least B-.

    • Completion of CLA 2000Y (1.0 FCE) Graduate Research Paper with a grade of at least B. Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor for CLA 2000Y and works independently on the preparation of a research paper (about 8,000 words in length). The Graduate Research Paper is assessed by a committee of two faculty members, including the advisor.

    • Completion of the Greek qualifying examination and the Latin qualifying examination (three-hour translation exam in each language, including both prose and poetry) with a grade of at least B-. Students whose field is Greek and Roman History may only choose to satisfy this requirement by completing either the Greek or the Latin qualifying examination with a grade of at least B- and by completing one language course in the other language with a grade of at least B+.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
9 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time; 
6 years part-time