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Ancient Greek and Roman Studies

  • M.A.
    • Full- or part-time
    • One-year program (if full-time)
    • Deadline:
      • Fall:  February 15
      • Spring: October 15
    • Need- and merit-based scholarships available

Director of Graduate Study


Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

AGRS Profiles


Stephen Guerriero, M.A. ’16, designs the ancient history curriculum for Needham Public Schools


Belisi Gillespie, M.A. '15, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley

Careers in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies

Read more about careers in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies

Master's program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies | Classical Studies

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About the Program

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 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.


We encourage you to explore one of the department’s greatest assets through our faculty pages.

Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar's website.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

For fall semester (starts in late August): February 15
For spring semester (starts in January): October 15

Admission Requirements:

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 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;
  • 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, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here. If you are submitting TOEFL scores, please note that our TOEFL institution code is 3261.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Careers and Alumni

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. Read more about careers in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies