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Application Process

The application deadlines for the Master of Arts in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies are:

  • Fall semester, beginning in late August: February 15
  • Spring semester, beginning in January: October 15

Application materials can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.

All students who have completed (or are in the process of completing) a Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Classical Studies). Applicants need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted electronically;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose (one to three pages) indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.

A writing sample (no more than 15 pages) is optional. 

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

Scholarship Aid and Teaching (Course) Assistantships

The M.A. program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Tracks 1 and 2) offers students a maximum award of $9,500 in merit aid (based on academic fit). Students may also qualify for an additional $9,500 of need based aid, based on the FAFSA application. In addition, the department offers a limited number of teaching (course) assistantships (assigned based on merit) to help students defray the cost of their graduate study.

Teaching (course) assistantships are assigned to students based on merit. In addition to the financial benefits of being a Teaching/Course Assistant, students find that being a Teaching/Course Assistant is an excellent opportunity, giving them hands-on experience as educators. Students have said that they feel mentored throughout the process of working with a professor. They are able to gain an idea of what it is like to teach at the college level, which is important for determining a career path following graduation from Brandeis.

Visit the GSAS website for more information about aid for master's degree students.