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Interdisciplinary Master of Arts

The Department of Classics administers an interdisciplinary master of arts degree in classical civilization to provide predoctoral training for prospective candidates in classical archaeology and ancient history, or for students interested in a general program in ancient studies at the graduate level. The candidates must satisfy requirements 1, 2, 3, and 6 required for the master of arts degree in classics; and define, with the help of an advisory committee, a coherent program of study. More information may be obtained from the classics graduate adviser.


  1. Complete at least 45 credits of graduate course work, which must include one seminar (ARH, HIST, GRK, LAT, or CLAS 507), Introduction to Philological Methods (CLAS 611), and at least 9 credits in 600-699 level courses taken in residence.
  2. Complete the general MA requirements stipulated by the Graduate School
  3. Pass with a grade of mid-B or better five courses in Greek and/or Latin authors
  4. Choose one of three plans for completing the master of arts degree in classic civilization with specialization in Greek, Latin, or both:

Plan 1: Write a thesis in one of the fields mentioned above. At least 9 credits of Thesis 503 must be completed and may be counted toward the 45-credit minimum. Satisfactory completion of the thesis includes an oral defense.

Plan 2: Pass a comprehensive examination in two parts: translation and essay. The candidate must, in consultation with his or her advisors, define a reading list for the translation part of the examination

Plan 3: Compile a portfolio of at least two substantive essays (40-50 pages total). The candidate develops, expands, and revises work written for graduate author courses or seminars.

Additional information and details about the standards may be obtained from the classics department and are included with any letter of admission.

The deadline for the admission application is March 1.