Classical Archaeology, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #5 (ARWU) , CA,
The field of classical archaeology comprises the study of the material remains of Ancient Greek, Roman, and related cultures (e.g., Aegean, Etruscan, Punic) in order to understand the nature and development of these cultures and the experiences of the individuals and groups who constituted them.


The progress of students in the MA Program (including course selection) is supervised by the Graduate Advisor for Classical Archaeology (GA), who is a member of the classical archaeology faculty (i.e., those members of the faculty of the Department who are archaeologists). Upon entry into the Program the student selects a personal advisor (PA), who is a member of the classical archaeology faculty and may be the same person as the GA. The student may elect to change his/her PA at any time while in the MA Program.

The student should meet with the GA during the advising period of each semester to discuss his/her performance and progress in the Program; course selections for the following semester; and plans for the near and long-term future. The student should meet with his/her PA to discuss these and any other matters of professional interest on a regular basis.

Programme Structure

For the MA in classical archaeology a student is required to complete 20 units, including the following:

  • Proseminar in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Art (Classics 204) (4 units)
  • One graduate seminar on a topic in Greek archaeology (4 units)
  • One graduate seminar on a topic in Roman archaeology (4 units)
  • Eight additional units (normally 2 4-unit courses) on topics related to classical archaeology offered in any two of the following programs: AHMA, Anthropology, Classics, History, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies (8 units)

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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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. 
  • 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 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    32930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16465 USD per semester and a duration of 24 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 24 months.
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1750 - 2820 USD/month
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