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Classical Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #15 (ARWU) , CA,
What is the UC Tri-Campus Program? This graduate program joins together into a single faculty more than twenty experts in classics and related disciplines from the three southernmost University of California campuses (Irvine, Riverside, and San Diego).


It features an innovative curriculum and program of study that address the practical and theoretical questions confronting the humanities and classics in particular as both enter the twenty-first century.

What are the program’s goals? The aim of the Tri-Campus Program is to provide an educational environment for pursuing a graduate career in classics that is closely integrated into the main currents of humanistic and social scientific scholarship. The program’s faculty recognizes that today and in the future, teachers of the classics must possess and develop expertise beyond the standard specialties of the traditional classics PhD degree. Classics programs, in both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, increasingly feel the pressure to break down the boundaries between disciplines.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Literary Theory and the Classics
  • Historical Perspectives on Classical Antiquity
  • Greece and Rome in Their Contemporary Cultural Contexts
  • Research and Pedagogical Tools for Classicists
  • Concurrent Readings
  • Classics Graduate Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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  • The Tri-Campus Program uniquely does not belong to a particular campus but to the University of California. Students who are accepted into the program may enroll at any of the three campuses. Because instruction and administrative functions take place on the Irvine campus, students will normally enroll at UC Irvine. Applications to the Tri-Campus Graduate Program will be reviewed by an admissions committee composed of members from all three campuses.
  • Applicants to the program should have a BA or equivalent in classics or classical civilization, which normally means that you have had at least three years of one classical language and two of the other. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32109 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32109 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    17007 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17007 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
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