The Graduate Program


The Department of Classics offers two closely related graduate programs: the M.A./Ph.D. program for students who have completed the B.A., and the Ph.D. program for those who come to UCSB with an MA in Classics from another institution. In addition to the M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics, we offer an Emphasis (M.A. and Ph.D.) in Ancient History and an Emphasis (M.A. and Ph.D.) in Literature and Theory.

All graduate degrees demand for successful completion a high degree of competency in both Classical languages. Applicants to the program should show a minimum of two years’ training in each language; in practice we prefer to see at least three years in the stronger language. (Students whose linguistic background is too weak to apply directly should consider one of the excellent Post-Baccalaureate programs available around the country, or alternatively taking the necessary courses at UCSB through UCSB Extension.) The Classics Department is strongly committed to linguistic training in both languages, and its MA program has been recognized by external reviewers as one of the best of its kind in the country.

MA/PhD in Classics

Most of our graduate students pursue a degree in Classics. An M.A. in Classics provides solid preparation for students who wish to go on to do Ph.D. work in related disciplines, especially ancient history, philosophy, religious studies, medieval studies, English literature, and comparative literature. A Ph.D. in Classics provides full and thorough preparation for those who wish to pursue scholarly careers in Classics.

An M.A. with Latin Emphasis is occasionally an option for some students who wish to pursue Ph.D.s in non-Classical fields, or who wish to teach Latin in secondary schools. This degree requires that the student take at least 12 units of graduate Greek courses. It is not, however, a program in which the student receives a teaching credential. The department does not accept applications directly to the M.A. with Latin Emphasis.

Download the Classics Graduate Studies Handbook