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The Department of Classical Studies offers graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The graduate faculty encourages applications from talented and committed students, whose undergraduate careers have given them an appreciation of the rich, many-faceted nature of classical studies and an interest in discovering a place of their own in it. Solid experience in Latin and Greek is of course desirable, but Missouri’s MA program is specifically designed for students whose study in one or both of the languages may have come late and who need help getting up to speed rapidly.

The Department of Classical Studies offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree in classical languages with emphasis on Latin, Greek or both classical languages. The PhD degree in classical studies requires work in both Greek and Latin.

Degrees Offered

Classical Languages, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission criteria

Application Deadlines

Fall semester with financial support: February 1
Fall semester without financial support: April 1
Spring semester without financial support: November 1

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 during last 2 years
  • Bachelor of arts degree from an accredited college or University
  • Reading knowledge of Greek and/or Latin
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in Greek and/or Latin courses
  • Minimum GRE score: No minimum

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Classical Studies Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest
  • 10-20 pp. writing sample
  • GRE scores

Classical Studies, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Application Deadlines

Fall semester with financial support: February 1
Fall semester without financial support: April 1
Spring semester without financial support: November 1

  • MA with a major in Greek, Latin or classics, or the equivalent of a minimum of 21 hours of graduate work in the language(s). Reading knowledge of Greek and Latin and a reading knowledge of German and French (or Italian).
  • Minimum GRE score: No minimum.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Classical Studies Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest
  • 10-20 pp. writing sample
  • GRE scores