The Master of Arts in Greek and Latin provides the strongest possible foundation for additional work in the broader field of classics. Its graduates gain high linguistic competence in both Latin and Greek, receive training in research methodologies, and accumulate a portfolio of credentials that includes the study of prose composition, the passing of translation and essay examinations, the acquisition of reading skills in a modern foreign language, and the preparation of formal papers that can be employed in future applications to doctoral programs.

The program consists of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in both ancient languages and related fields, a modern language exam in French or German, comprehensive exams in translation and literary history, and the submission of two approved research papers written for classes or seminars.  This 'bilingual' M.A. is the program that the department recommends for students who already know that they are planning professional careers in classics, whether in the university world, in archaeology, or in museum work; it provides the strongest preparation for a future PhD.


  • GR 511, Greek Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • LAT 511, Latin Prose Composition (3 cr)
  • * GR 655, Survey of Greek Literature (3 cr)
  • * LAT 655, Survey of Latin Literature (3 cr)
  • 6 other approved courses (18 cr total)
  • Modern language examination in French or German
  • M.A. comprehensive examinations in Greek and in Latin (preceded by sight-translation exams)
  • Submission of 2 approved research papers