MA in Classical Languages

The MA in Classical Languages should be able to be completed in three or four terms (one of which may be the Spring or Summer term), depending on the student’s preparation and course selection.

Entrance Requirements

In addition to general Departmental requirements, students must have a BA with a major in Classics, with the equivalent of GREEK 101/GREEK 102 and GREEK 301/GREEK 302 and LATIN 101/LATIN 102 and LATIN 301/LATIN 302 and ★9 at the 400-level in Greek and/or Latin.

Students who have less preparation in the languages, but are otherwise well qualified for graduate study, may be considered for admission as qualifying students.

Program Requirements

Students must take and pass a minimum of seven graduate-level courses (★21) in CLASS, GREEK, and/or LATIN, including at least three (★9) in Greek or Latin and two (★6) in the other language [one (★3) may be taken outside Classics]; successfully complete two consecutive registrations in CLASS 900 (★3), which requires an examination on primary and/or secondary sources relevant to the research topic and a research paper of 40-50 pages; take and pass CLASS 501 (★1); and fulfill the modern language requirement in French, German or Italian.

When the student has finished the research paper, it is to be submitted to the supervisor and a second reader.  The second reader is normally another member of the Department, and is chosen by the supervisor in consultation with the student. Each reader then provides the Graduate Chair with a short (normally half page) assessment of the paper outlining its purpose, scope, and result, and indicating whether it is a pass or fail. 

In addition, students should fulfill FGSR’s Ethics and PD Requirements. Specific information on the PD Requirement can be found here.