Graduate Application Checklist

Programs of Study

The Department of Classics at the University of Georgia offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages (Greek, Latin, or Greek and Latin). The graduate program is designed to give students a broad knowledge of the field of Classics and deepen their understanding of the ancient world, as well as to develop mastery of the languages.

All students take the Proseminar, an introduction to research tools and practices, taught collectively by the graduate faculty. Students also take a number of survey courses in which they read substantial selections from a wide range of authors and develop their interpretive skills. In addition, they take 2 to 3 graduates-only seminars, based on their chosen area of emphasis. Most students also take the Latin Teaching Apprenticeship, which prepares them to teach their own sections of elementary Latin the following year.

Students may earn graduate credits for coursework completed in our study abroad offerings as well as up to six hours of credit for work completed at other institutions, subject to departmental approval.

MA in Classical Languages

The MA in Classical Languages is for students who have proficiency in Latin, Greek, or both ancient languages. The degree requires a minimum 31 hours of graduate-level course work. This includes the Proseminar (1 hour), Classical Culture (3 hours), and thesis (3 hours). For the Greek and Latin track students take 18 hours in Greek and Latin courses; for an emphasis in Latin or Greek, they take 15 hours in the appropriate language. For the remainder of their course work students may select courses in Greek, Latin, classical civilization, ancient history, archaeology, art, philosophy, linguistics, or other related fields. All students must also demonstrate reading proficiency in German, French, or Italian. Students must pass a written examination on the Reading List in the spring semester of their first year. All students must complete a thesis which they defend at an oral examination in their final semester.

MA in Latin (non-thesis)

Degree requirements include 37 hours of graduate-level course work. Of these, 18 must be in Latin courses, 3 in Classical Culture, 1 in Proseminar and at least 1 in Latin Teaching Methods. The remainder may be in a variety of courses in Greek, Latin, classical civilization, ancient history, archaeology, art, philosophy, linguistics, or other related fields. Reading proficiency in German, French, or Italian is recommended. All students must pass a written examination on the Reading List in their first year and as their final assessment, an oral examination on a research portfolio or teaching project.


The Graduate School awards a number of non-teaching Graduate Research Assistantships to applicants recommended annually by departments. Responsibility for making nominations is assigned by the Graduate School to the Graduate Coordinators. Nomination by a department does not assure selection. All nominees are judged by panels appointed by the Graduate School, and each department submitting nominations may be assigned a certain number of Graduate Assistants on the recommendations of these panels. The Graduate Research Assistants chosen will be assigned by the Graduate Coordinator to members of the faculty to assist in their research. The work load for a Research Assistant will not exceed 16 hours per week. Appointments are normally for the academic year beginning in September and ending in June.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is a nine-month appointment. (Application for this assistantship.) Most teaching assistantships are awarded by April 1, so applications for the TA should be submitted by January 1.

Your summer tuition may be reduced if you have a tuition waiver. 

Additional Information

Applications and all supporting materials for those interested in applying for an assistantship must be turned in by January 1. The fee for application is $75.

All entering M.A. students are required to take the Proficiency Exam in Greek and/or Latin, depending upon their degree program or area of emphasis. Admission to graduate language courses is at the discretion of the Graduate Faculty, based on an evaluation of the exam. Each student's graduate program of study will be determined in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, based on an evaluation of the Proficiency Exam, undergraduate background, and, if applicable, work experience.

Living and Housing Costs

The cost of living (including food, clothing, housing, and utilities) is generally quite reasonable in Athens (compare cost of living at various locations): In 2011, Compared to the rest of the country, Athens-Clarke County's cost of living is 3.90% Lower than the U.S. average.

Dormitory rooms are available. In addition, apartments are available in the University's family housing unit, with monthly rents ranging from approximately $495 to $715, including water and cable television. A variety of apartments, duplexes, and rental homes can be found off campus.

For further information, consult the departmental Graduate Student Handbook.