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Graduate Program

The Department of Classics offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Classics with an option in Latin, Greek, or Classics (Greek and Latin).

Our program is particularly well suited to preparing students for further study in Classics at the Ph.D. level. Our students have recently been accepted into top-tier doctoral programs at University of California, Berkeley; UCLA, Johns Hopkins, NYU, UT Austin and University of Washington. Alternatively, our students prepare for teaching Latin at the high school level. Our placement rate in these jobs is very high.

The degree may be earned with thesis or with a comprehensive examination.

The option in Greek or Latin is earned with a concentration in one of the classical languages, but students concentrating in one language typically take some work in the other. Work for the option in Classics is approximately evenly divided between Greek and Latin.

Programs of study are arranged in consultation with two advisers, at least one of whom is a member of the Department of Classics, and are composed from graduate courses in Latin, Greek, Classics, history, art history, religion, philosophy, and English. Ideally, the design of the Program is not random but reflects in part the student’s specialized interests or helps to prepare the student for a field of specialization related to the Classics.

To apply for admission to the graduate program in Classics click here for the online application. The graduate recommendation form can be found here. If needed, download Adobe Reader.


Documents for admission to do graduate work in Classics include the following:

  1. A completed Graduate Admission Application
  2. Transcripts of all college work
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required for international students
  6. A sample of written work and a statement of academic purpose.

Please send documents 1-2 to the Office of Admissions and 2-6 to the following address:

Department of Classics
1267 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1267

Several graduate teaching fellowships are available each year for entering graduate students.

The deadline for the admission application is March 1.