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MA Classics

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

27180 USD
27180 USD

Application fee

International 105 USD
National 105 USD
Department of Classics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
GRE (avg)315

World University Ranking

About this course

The graduate program in the Department of Classics emphasizes the study of Greek and Latin language and literature.

Graduate courses and advanced seminars are given regularly on the following subjects:

  • Greek and Latin linguistics
  • Greek and Latin literature (focusing on both individual authors and literary genres; for a reading list, see the Classics website)
  • The philosophy, intellectual history, and critical theory of the ancient world
  • The technical discipline of classical philology (paleography, textual criticism, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics)

Students may also take courses in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology (given in the Departments of History and the Department of Art History and Archaeology), but students whose primary interest is in ancient history or ancient art and archaeology should apply to those programs.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a reading knowledge of Greek and Latin and one modern language (German, French, or Italian); some undergraduate work in classical literature, philosophy, art, or history is desirable. Students interested in taking the Free-Standing M.A. option may be considered for admittance with a background in only one of the ancient languages. Students without an M.A. degree are admitted only for the program beginning in the autumn term. Under special circumstances, students with an M.A. degree from Columbia or another institution may enter in the spring.

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Course Modules

The M.A. degree is earned in either Greek or Latin, and adequate reading knowledge in that language is required for admission. Students are also expected to have completed at least one year of advanced work in the other language; transcripts of undergraduate course work are accepted as evidence that this requirement has been met. Students will generally be able to complete the M.A. degree in one academic year, but they may also enroll as a part-time student. No full-time student may take longer than four semesters to complete the degree. Part-time students may complete the degree in up to eight consecutive semesters. Leaves of absence that extend the time limit will only be granted in cases in which a student's other obligations conflict unavoidably with attendance at the University. The time limit may be extended by petition in special circumstances.

Course Requirements

  • 30 credits comprised of nine or ten courses, 7 of which must be taken for graded credit (also known as ‘E credit’)
  • All courses must be 4000-level or above
  • Of these courses, students are required either to attend two semesters of the Graduate Research Colloquium (CLCV GR5010 – 2 credits each semester), or to write a MA thesis under the rubric of CLPH GR 5000 (4 credits). The written product of CLPH GR 5000, the MA Thesis, is designed to supplement the work done to complete the requirements for one of the primary courses. The trajectory of the assignment for CLPH GR5000, and the details of how it will be supervised, must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Courses must include either Greek or Latin 4105, 4106, and 4139, and they must be taken for graded credit (‘E credit’); Exemption from Greek or Latin 4139 may be given on the basis of an examination..
  • Students are expected to maintain at least a B+ average.

Modern Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of French, Italian or German, to be demonstrated by a written test or by completing the intermediate (second year) class-sequence.


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How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample (maximum 30 pages)
  • GRE General (GRE Subject not required)

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