Classics M.A. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

For the Graduate Handbook of the Field of Classics, please click here.

The Bridge MA program is intended to support talented scholars in Classics and to enhance the diversity of the discipline. One student is admitted per year with full fellowship support. Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and doctoral students in Classics, while simultaneously developing a program of independent research. The fellowship is specifically tailored for students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent who may wish to pursue doctoral study in Classics or a related discipline. Applications from current seniors scheduled to graduate in the spring are most welcome, as are those from recent graduates. The deadline for applications for the academic year is March 1.

The program will offer two summers and two semesters of funding, with a summer matriculation (June 1). Housing on campus will be provided for the first summer (June 1-August 13). Students who demonstrate exceptional potential for doctoral study may be invited to transfer to the PhD program upon completion of the second semester.

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  •  First-generation college student
  •  Member of an ethnic or racial group historically underrepresented in graduate education (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latinx)
  • McNair or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Scholar (the Graduate School will verify an applicant’s status as a McNair Scholar or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow while pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a U.S. institution)
  • Experiences overcoming significant challenges in their path toward graduate school. Examples include but are not limited to
    • Managing a disability
    • Being of a gender or orientation identity historically underrepresented in their graduate field of study
    • Veteran status
    • Single parent
    • Holding DACA status

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-7471

120 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

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



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, March 1

Requirements Summary:

  1. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Eric Rebillard, to obtain a waiver to the application fee (
  2. The online application will ask if applicants wish to be considered for university assistantships and fellowships, including diversity fellowships. Please be sure to reply “yes”!
  3. Please submit the online application, including transcripts detailing previous coursework, three letters of recommendation, and the two required statements. The academic statement of purpose provides an opportunity to reflect on your plans for future research. The personal statement provides an opportunity to describe your aspirations for the discipline of Classics, and how your background will help you to achieve them.

GRE scores are neither required nor accepted.

Learning Outcomes

The successful fellow will have gained some familiarity with both Greek and Latin, at least four semesters in one and two in the other. We are happy to consider students who have studied one of the languages outside of normal coursework (for example, through self-study or informal tutoring).

The first summer will be dedicated to foundational work in the two languages, with tutoring from advanced PhD students or other instructors. The fellow will then focus on coursework and develop a thesis proposal during the fall and spring semesters. During the second summer, the fellow will write and defend the thesis and receive an MA upon completion. Alternatively, students who demonstrate exceptional potential for doctoral study may be invited to transfer to the PhD program upon completion of the second semester.