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Classics M.A. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

The chief purpose of the MA in Classics at Cornell is to offer advanced training in Classics for students who want to prepare themselves for successful admission to a major PhD program in Classics. An MA degree in Classics could also enhance a career in teaching ancient languages at the secondary level. The Department of Classics also offers a PhD degree; the MA in Classics does not qualify applicants for admittance to the PhD program. We expect applicants to have studied both Greek and Latin, with a minimum of 4 semesters in one of the two languages and 2 semesters in the other. We will give consideration to students who were trained in a non-academic setting for one of the two languages.

The ideal trajectory toward the MA should result in the completion of all requirements within 12 to 18 months, although an extension to 24 months is encouraged for students who need additional ancient language training. Choice of classes and choice of thesis topic allow students to shape their MA to direct them generally or more specifically into particular areas of the overall Classics field.

Contact Information


120 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • ancient history
  • ancient philosophy
  • classical archaeology
  • classical literature and philology
  • classical myth (minor)
  • classical rhetoric (minor)
  • Greek and Latin language and linguistics
  • Indo-European linguistics (minor)
  • medieval and Renaissance Latin literature


Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

June 1

Requirements Summary:

Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a writing sample.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample