Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies - Ancient Greek and Roman Studies


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Whether your goals include job enhancement or eventual doctoral study, we encourage you to learn more about Brandeis University's Master's program in Classical Studies, located just outside of Boston with its world-renowned academic resources -- an ideal location for internships, research, and career opportunities. You'll be well prepared for a career in teaching in any number of disciplines, as well as for pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Though rooted in the past, classics is a constantly evolving discipline. If you want to deepen your knowledge of the languages, literatures, art, archaeology, religion, philosophy and history of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, consider our exciting master of arts program. You may choose to enhance your studies by doing fieldwork or research in Italy, Israel or Crete—and you'll find that we offer generous funding to do so.

Our unique program enables you to choose between two tracks of study: Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures. And because of Brandeis' commitment to excellent, caring teaching, you'll receive close mentoring from some of the finest faculty in the field.

In addition to studying our 800-piece Classical Studies Artifact Research Collection, which is housed on campus, you can visit the rich resources of nearby Boston and Cambridge, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard University museums and the Museum of Science.

For the Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations track, you'll focus more on classical art and archaeology, Greek and Roman history, classical literature in translation and classical mythology, and less on the languages and literatures of ancient Greek and Latin in the original. This track is either for professional development or in preparation for PhD programs in classical art and archaeology or ancient history. You must write a 20-30 page master's thesis. There is no language requirement for admission.

For the Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures track, you'll focus on Greek and Latin philology, languages and literatures. This track is for you if you have already received substantial undergraduate training in ancient Greek and Latin. After completing this program, you'll be well situated for admission to rigorous PhD programs in classical studies across the U.S. and abroad. You must write a 25-50 page master's thesis or pass a comprehensive exam.


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Eligibility Requirements:

All applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree or the international equivalent prior to matriculation. Applicants are considered holistically on the basis of a number of factors. In most cases, previous work as an undergraduate major or as a formal minor (18 credits or more) is desirable. However, an applicant should always check with the Ancient Greek and Roman Studies department concerning the suitability of previous academic work as it pertains to the degree program in question. T

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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