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Graduate Studies

The following graduate degree options are offered:

MA in Classics
MA in Ancient History
PhD in Ancient History

Main areas of graduate supervision include:

  • Archaic Greek History and Poetry
  • Classical Greek History and Literature
  • Hellenistic History and Literature
  • Roman Republican History
  • Early Imperial Roman Literature
  • Greek and Roman Religion
  • Greek and Roman Historiography

MA in Classics (Thesis Option)

45 credits total
Thesis: 27 credits
Complementary courses: 18 credits

Thesis (maximum 100 pages) to be written under the supervision of a professor in Classical Studies. It may or may not be related to the subject of the student's research seminar(s). Applicants should contact the professor in their field of interest early to be sure that he/she is willing and able to supervise their thesis work.

All seminars in classics, ancient history and ancient philosophy count for the seminars requirement of the complementary courses. For courses outside of the university, the on-line Interuniversity Transfer Form must be completed. Please note that only credits for courses taken at other universities will transfer to your student record, not the grades. Students must also keep in mind that a McGill Classical Studies professor must supervise the final major research paper or the thesis.

Qualifying year

Candidates lacking the regular requirements in Greek and/or Latin may be admitted to a qualifying year, if the Graduate Committee feels that it would be beneficial to the applicant in acquiring the background knowledge needed to re-apply to the MA program. Normally, candidates in a qualifying year program register for 24 upper-level (300+) credits in Classics.

Note: To continue on for the master's degree, candidates in a qualifying year must re-apply for the MA program during that year. In the qualifying year, a minimum grade of 70% in each course is required, with an overall CGPA of 3.3. Competitive admission procedures apply to all future admissions to the program.


MA in History (Thesis and Non-thesis options)

Students may complete a master's degree in Ancient History by fulfilling the requirements of the MA Program in History (either thesis or non-thesis option) under the supervision of a professor in Classical Studies. Ancient History MA students are encouraged to fulfil course requirements with graduate courses relevant to the history of ancient Greece and Rome. Applicants to the master's program in Ancient History should have at least one year of ancient Greek and/or Latin and reading knowledge in at least one modern research language in addition to English (French, German, Italian). Master's students will be encouraged to continue their study of ancient Greek and Latin. For detailed information on program requirements and application procedures, please visit the Department of History and Classical Studies' MA Program in History page.

PhD in Ancient History 

Students may complete a doctoral degree in Ancient History by fulfilling the requirements of the PhD Program in History under the supervision of a professor in Classical Studies. Ancient History MA students are encouraged to fulfil course requirements with graduate courses relevant to their research. PhD students will be expected to master all ancient and modern languages necessary to conduct their research. For detailed information on program requirements and application procedures, please visit the Department of History and Classical Studies' PhD Program in History page.