Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Classics (M.A.)

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Field of Study:Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
Areas of Research:Ancient History; Archaeology; Classics
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)


Classics is the original interdisciplinary program. Students research and explore the multifaceted cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, from language and literature, to aspects of ancient political, military or social history, to the physical remains of these ancient cultures as evident in archaeological artefacts. We offer a balanced mix each year of seminars in Greek poetry and prose, Latin poetry and prose, and seminars in ancient history or archaeology. These courses consist primarily of analysis and interpretation of source materials (whether literary or archaeological). Student assessment is based on a combination of active participation in class discussions, presentations, research papers and exams. The overall goal of the M.A. program is to train students to be sophisticated readers of ancient evidence, and to develop their skills in critical thinking, as well as in written and oral communication.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Students applying to the M.A. program, must have completed an honours level degree in Classics or Classical Studies, having obtained at least a high B average and completed at least three years of either Greek or Latin and two years of the other language, at the undergraduate level.

    Students with a strong academic record but without the requisite language levels for admission may be admitted, but will be required to take 3rd year level Greek and/or Latin courses along with their selected graduate courses.

    The minimum standard for admission is a 70% (B) average for the most recent two years of undergraduate study, or the most recent 10 full courses taken.

    Every student from overseas whose first language is not English must take ONE of: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination and obtain a score of at least 550; IELTS (International English Language Testing Service of the British Council) and receive a score of at least 6 OR MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) of the University of Michigan and receive a score of 85 overall with a minimum of 80 on each of parts 1, 2 and 3.
    Application Notes : A Complete Application Consists of the Following:
    1. A completed Application through School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
    2. An electronic copy of transcripts for all previous undergraduate studies
    3. Two letters of recommendation from referees familiar with the applicant's recent academic work
    4. Official proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL), for all students whose first language is not English
    5. A sample of written work in English, such as a recent undergraduate term paper or thesis chapter
    6. A list of academic awards, achievements, honours or other distinctions you have received
    7. A list of Greek and Latin authors read, and specify whether they are in the original language or in translation
    8. A list of Greek and Latin courses taken. (Minimum of three years of either Greek or Latin and two years of the other language, at the undergraduate level).
    9. Discuss any other information you feel would be important to the Graduate Admission Committee in evaluating your application.
    10. Describe any professional employment experience you have that you feel is relevant to the field of studies you plan to pursue.

    * 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 November 11, 2022