The Department offers a Master of Arts degree under three headings: in Latin, in Greek, and in Classics (Latin and Greek together). In cooperation with the School of Education, it also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Latin and Classical Humanities. Students typically come to these programs to prepare themselves either for entry into a Ph.D. program elsewhere, or for a career in teaching at the secondary level.
Each degree requires a combination of course work, independent study, and comprehensive examinations; for the M.A. degree a thesis option is also available, with departmental permission. The M.A. degree requires 30 credits, all within the department. The M.A.T. degree typically requires 15 credits within the department, plus 19 to 31 credits in education. Candidates for any degree are required to complete a departmental reading list, which varies to suit the several degrees, and to pass both written and oral examinations. They are also required to demonstrate the ability to read a modern foreign language, usually French or German, with a dictionary.
Financial Aid and Student Life
Limited scholarship aid is available, chiefly in the form of tuition remission. One teaching assistantship, which carries a stipend in addition to free tuition, is usually reserved for a second-year student. Stipend recipients should note the Graduate School statement on health coverage.
Monitoring and Regulating Student Progress
For more detailed information on each program, including the appropriate reading list, select the degree in which you are interested:
Both paper and electronic application forms for the M.A. degree(s) (M.A. in Classics, Greek, and Latin) are available directly from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
The M.A.T. degree is administered by the Lynch School of Education which handles applications for this program. The Lynch School's Graduate Admission Office can be reached at 617-552-4214 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information please contact:
Professor Gail Hoffman
Graduate Program Director
Professor Mary Crane