The Master of Arts program in Latin requires a minimum of 30 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above. Students may count a maximum of 12 s.h. earned in courses numbered 3000-4999 toward the degree. Courses taken to compete the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Classics do not count toward the degree. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 to earn the degree.

The master's degree programs are intended for students who wish to teach at the high school level or who wish to transfer to another institution for Ph.D. work. If your goal is to teach and do research at the university level, you should apply for the Ph.D. in Classics.

All of the master's degree programs require students to complete at least 30 semester hours. A thesis is not required for any of the three programs. Students pursuing the M.A. in Latin who have had no Greek must include at least elementary Greek in their programs. Likewise, students working toward the master's degree in Greek who have had no Latin are expected to include it in their programs. Additionally, students must complete either Greek Composition or Advanced Latin Composition. This requirement may be satisfied by examination, however.

A sight-reading examination in the major language must be taken before the comprehensive examination. Candidates for the M.A. in Classics are tested in both Latin and Greek.

For more specific information on the Master of Arts in Latin, Greek, or Classics, please contact the Graduate Advisor.

Important Deadlines

Application and Financial Support Deadline: January 15th (for Fall semester enrollment)


All applicants to the Masters and Doctorate programs must have a bachelor's degree and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.80, with at least a 3.00 in classical languages.

Admission decisions are based on prior academic performance, letters of reference, and the applicant's statement about background and purpose. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College on the Graduate College website. For more information, see the Graduate Admissions Process page.