University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Classical Studies (M.A.)

University of Ottawa/Université d'Ottawa - Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Graduate Programs
Field of Study:Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $7,370
National: $7,739


The Department of Classical and Religious Studies, located in the Faculty of Art, offers a master’s program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Classical Studies. The program comprises one main field: Late Antiquity (A.D. 200-700). The objective of this program is to prepare the students for further study in the field of late antiquity, the important transitional period between classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. The Department also offers the possibility of studying Coptic, Syriac, Arabic and Ethiopic (in addition to Latin and Greek). Candidates will acquire a thorough background that will enable them to pursue doctoral studies. The program aims to refine critical and scholarly skills and to broaden the knowledge of its graduates in certain areas. The ability to conduct detailed research, to argue coherently, to write an academic paper, and other skills learned can be applied in careers outside academia. Several graduates find positions in local or federal government, where their training at the M.A. level is clearly valued.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70 to 75
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    An honours bachelor’s, or an equivalent degree, in Classics, in Medieval History or in a closely related area, with an overall average of at least 70% (B) and 75% (B+) in the advanced classical studies courses; Eighteen credits of classical language courses (twelve credits in either Greek or Latin and six credits in the other language) with a minimum average of 75% (B+); Preference will be given to candidates who have already completed the 18 credits. However, candidates with only 12 credits will be considered on condition that the six other credits will be completed with a minimum average of 75% (B+) within the first year of the program.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92-93]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Two recommendation letters and official transcripts of all universities attended.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 13, 2022