Master of Arts in Classics

The Master of Arts in Classics introduces students to advanced methodologies used in the study of the ancient languages, the interpretation of ancient texts, and the analysis of material culture.

All graduate students must fulfill the same basic program requirements, but will, with the help of an advisor, tailor their coursework and schedule of exams in accordance with their career plans.

The graduate degree is of particular value for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in classics or who plan to teach at the high school or community college levels. Students with goals in other academic areas, including museum studies, history, philosophy, theology, modern languages or comparative literature, can also benefit from a master’s degree in classics.

Admission to the Program

The ideal applicant to the Master of Arts in Classics program is someone with (1) undergraduate major in classics (or equivalent learning experience); and (2) sufficient proficiency in both Latin and Greek to take graduate seminars in those languages. The Graduate Division also requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. The department does admit students who have less than the ideal preparation described above; in those cases, the applicant is admitted conditionally (subject to meeting certain conditions for progress through the program).

Applicants must complete the online application to the graduate program through Cal State Apply. As part of the online application, applicants must upload a two to three page statement of purpose, an eight to ten page writing sample, and one letter of recommendation (sent directly by the recommender).

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Satisfied by the writing sample submitted as part of the application process.
Level Two: Satisfied by the culminating experience project (either the literature survey that accompanies the oral exam (CLAS 896) or the thesis (CLAS 898).

Graduate Admissions

The ideal applicant to the Master of Arts in Classics program is someone with (1) undergraduate major in classics (or equivalent learning experience); and (2) sufficient proficiency in both Latin and Greek to take graduate seminars in those languages. The Graduate Division also requires that applicants have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA. The department does admit students who have less than the ideal preparation described above; in those cases, the applicant is admitted conditionally (subject to meeting certain conditions for progress through the program).

Applicants must take the GRE, and complete the online application to the graduate program through Cal State Apply. As part of the online application, applicants must upload a two to three page statement of purpose, an eight to ten page writing sample, and one letter of recommendation (sent directly by the recommender).

Classics Graduate Student Handbook

The Department of Classics is pleased to provide our Graduate Student Handbook for all current and prospective students.  This document is designed to help graduate students answer questions about advising and administrative processes.

Download the Classics Graduate Student Handbook (pdf)

Classics

Ancient Greek

Classical Archeology 

Latin

We have a compilation of useful information about the graduate exam as well as reading lists to help you study. Visit our Graduate Examination page to learn more about the following:

  • M.A. Degree in Classics Comprehensive Oral Examination
  • The M.A. Language Exams: What Every Classics Student Should Know!
  • Classics M.A. Reading List
  • Reading List for Classical Archaeology Exam