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Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Classics

The master's program in classics at Tufts is designed for students who wish to go beyond the bachelor's level to attain a broader and deeper knowledge of the classics for one or more of the following purposes: teaching, further graduate study, digital technology, or publishing. With its strong language component and faculty strength in literature, history, archaeology, and digital humanities, this program particularly suits those who want either to consolidate and improve their language, research, and teaching skills in preparation for a Ph.D. degree at another institution or to teach classics at the secondary level.


  1. Candidates must successfully complete ten graduate courses in Classics. Two must be in upper-level Latin and two must be in upper-level Greek; one must be in history; and one must be in classical archaeology. Candidates will usually have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate Latin or Greek major. If not, additional courses will be required for completion of the master's degree.

  2. Reading knowledge of Latin or Greek and one modern foreign language (usually German or French) is tested by examination.

  3. To demonstrate research and presentation, the candidate may submit for evaluation by a faculty committee either two qualifying papers (written for courses at Tufts and revised as necessary after completion of the course) or a thesis. The thesis normally counts as two of the required ten courses. Students usually find that writing a thesis takes a full term of uninterrupted work. An oral examination based on the qualifying papers or thesis is required.

  4. A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with knowledge of the reading lists in Greek and Latin literature is required.

Program Objectives

  1. Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write a graduate level research paper and/or thesis.

  2. Students will have developed broad knowledge of the Classical world including literature, history and/or archaeology as well as a deeper focus in a particular area relevant to student interest.

  3. Students will have developed a strong competency in both Latin and Greek and have been exposed to new methods of learning and using the languages. (eg. Treebanking)

  4. Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language relevant to research in the field.

  5. Students will have been exposed to new developments in the field of Classical studies.

  6. Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate work and/or secondary school teaching.