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Graduate Program

The Department of Classics currently offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Classics with a focus on ancient languages and literatures. Students can focus their coursework on Greek, on Latin, or on Greek and Latin. In addition, the department is currently developing a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a focus on classical archaeology and material culture. We expect that this track will be official in fall 2016. Students interested in focusing their coursework on material culture and classical archaeology can complete the M.A. in interdisciplinary studies until the track in classical archaeology and material culture is official.

The M.A. degree in Classics prepares students for further training in Classics and related disciplines at the PhD level, for being teachers of Latin in schools, and for various other careers. Our students have recently been accepted into top-tier doctoral programs in Classics, such as those of UC Berkeley, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, NYU, UT Austin, and the University of Washington. Furthermore, recent graduates from our department have done very well at finding jobs teaching Latin in schools. The department considers helping students move on to their next educational and/or vocational goal to be a priority.

The M.A. degree, however, should not be considered only as a degree that provides vocational training. The degree provides students with a deep knowledge of the Greek and Roman cultures and with a deep knowledge of the continued relevance of these cultures to the contemporary world.

The M.A. degree is completed partially through course work and partially through writing a thesis, completing translation exams, or by submitting a portfolio of research papers. In addition, students must exhibit competency in French, German, or Italian.

Programs of study are arranged in consultation with two advisers, at least one of whom is a member of the Department of Classics. Programs of study are composed from graduate courses in Latin, Greek, Classics, History, Art History, Religion, Philosophy, and English.

The department is regularly able to provide financial support to its M.A. students through teaching assistantships for two years. These support packages provide tuition remission and a stipend. Students generally aid faculty in teaching lecture courses (e.g. Classical Mythology, Greek Life and Culture, Roman Life and Culture), but there is also the opportunity for graduate students to teach their own courses in introductory Latin grammar. Given that the M.A. degree is designed to be completed in two years, our students can regularly complete the M.A. in Classics through financial support from the department.

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

The deadline for the admission application is March 1.