Ancient Greek and Roman Studies | Classical Studies
Brandeis University's unique two-track classical studies master's program offers the opportunity to learn about all aspects of life in Greece and Rome, investigating the ancient classical world both locally in the domain of one country (such as Greece and Italy) and more regionally (such as the Mediterranean as a whole). Some highlights of the program include:
- Fieldwork: The chance to do research in our Classical Artifact Research Collection, to study on the Bay of Naples in the summer, and to obtain personal excavation experience in Greece or Italy enhances students' experiences in the master's program.
- A unique two-track M.A. Program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Classical Studies):
- Track 1: an interdisciplinary degree for practicing professionals that covers many aspects of classical civilization. This track has no language requirement and is well-suited for students interested in elementary and secondary school education. It also provides excellent preparation for advanced graduate training in areas such as Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, or Anthropology.
- Track 2: For those wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in Classics or Classical Studies at another institution, track 2 offers rigorous preparation in ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures.
- More information on both tracks is available on the department's website.
The master's degree can be used as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program in classical studies, ancient history, or a variety of other fields such as archaeology or law. The degree can also serve for job enhancement for a teacher, librarian, or for any number of other careers such as museum curator, archivist, historian, among others.
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For fall semester (starts in late August): rolling, beginning January 15
For spring semester (starts in January): rolling
All students who have completed a Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for the M.A. program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Classical Studies). Applicants need to submit:
- An application to the graduate school, which can be electronically submitted here;
- An application fee (please click here for instructions);
- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended; applicants must provide a final transcript indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree program before registration;
- Two letters of recommendation, which the admissions committee prefers to be submitted online (please click here for more information);
- A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
- A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
International students: For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.
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Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please click here.
With its strong emphasis on research and communication skills, the Masters in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Classical Studies) can enhance your marketability in numerous career areas. Graduates may find themselves in various settings -- from museums, libraries, and classrooms to law offices and newsrooms; many of our alumni go on to Ph.D. programs and Brandeis' master's program in teaching.
The master's degree can be used as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. program in classical studies, ancient history or a variety of other fields. Focusing on both languages and archaeology and culture, the department's coursework provides students with ample preparation for further graduate work. Teachers from K-12 in all subjects who pursue a Masters in Classical Studies have gained better standing in their schools and greatly enhances their teaching of art, social studies, English, history, and much more.
Students can work closely with our Career Services office for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.