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Classics, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #157 (WUR) South Bend, IN, United States
 The Department of Classics at Notre Dame offers a funded, 2-year M.A. program in Classics, covering the language, literature, history and culture of the Greco-Roman world. The chief purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral study in these or other related areas.


 Over a dozen regular and concurrent faculty of the Department of Classics represent a wide array of specialties covering Greek and Roman literature, culture, history, linguistics, philosophy and archaeology, from Archaic Greece through Late Antiquity.

The students will benefit from the rich intellectual environment created by strong graduate programs at Notre Dame, including Early Christian Studies, the Medieval Institute, History, Philosophy (which offers ancient philosophy) and Theology (with strengths in late antiquity and patristics).

Students will choose from several possible areas of emphasis, including language and literature, history, philosophy, and late antiquity. A thesis or comprehensive written and oral examination will be required to complete the degree.

Full tuition scholarships and stipends are available.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics and Methods in Classical Studies
  • Ancient History seminar
  • Survey of Greek Literature
  • Advanced level language
  • Advanced level language/history/elective
  • Thesis (or advanced level language)
  • Advanced level language/history/elective
  • Thesis or Comprehensive Examination

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Applications to the M.A. in Classics must include an application form, a statement of intent, transcripts of degrees and course work, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample of not more than 15 pages, a list of all texts read in the original Latin and Greek, GRE scores,and (for non-native speakers of English) TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    51264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51264 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial Support

The Graduate School has separate and distinct funding models for doctoral programs, master’s programs and professional master’s programs.

The University offers three types of financial support to graduate students: tuition scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. For the policy governing all three types of financial suppport, please see the posted financial support policy.

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