Classics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)


Students are expected to have completed before admission at least the equivalent of the undergraduate major in Classical Languages and are strongly urged to supplement these minimum requirements with two or three additional senior reading courses in Greek or Latin and with courses in Advanced Prose Composition. It is also recommended that students acquire an adequate reading knowledge of German and/or French or Italian before admission if possible.

Programme Structure

Unit and course requirements: 24 units distributed as follows:

  • (4 units) either the Proseminar or Approaches to Literature. 
  •  (4 units) a seminar in the Classics Department, in a Greek subject for the Greek emphasis or in a Latin subject for the Latin emphasis.
  • (4 units) an additional seminar in Classics or a closely-related field.
  • 12 units in upper division courses in Greek, Latin, or closely-related fields or in graduate courses in Classics or in closely-related fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

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    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In brief, an application consists of six parts:

  • Your completed Graduate Division application form. This should be completed online at the Graduate Division application site.n,
  • Your writing sample, uploaded with your submitted application.
  • Your reading list for Greek and Latin texts. This will be submitted with your completed application. See the sample reading list online.
  • Your letters of recommendation, to be submitted online by the recommenders themselves.
  • Unofficial transcripts are submitted in .pdf format as part of your application. Upon admission, Graduate Division will require submission of your official transcripts.
  • GRE scores
  • Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      32930 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
    • National Applies to you

      32930 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
    • In-State Applies to you

      17828 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8914 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Berkeley

    1750 - 2820 USD/month
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