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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:

The master's degree can be used as a stepping stone to a PhD 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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Director of Graduate Study

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

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 MA program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies (Classical Studies). Applicants need to submit:

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • 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;

  • 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: Additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas. 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 PhD programs and Brandeis' master's program in teaching.

The master's degree can be used as a stepping stone to a PhD 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.