Department of Classics



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Our Program

The Department of Classics at Queen’s offers a two-year program of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Classics. Queen’s is one of Canada’s top-ranked research universities and its Classics department is an exciting place to grapple with core questions of Ancient History, Literature, Archaeology, and Philology.

Queen's Classics offers two Fields of Study for its MA: (i) Classics and Archaeology and (ii) ​Classical Studies and Archaeology, and the 24-month program is offered in two patterns, from which students must choose one: Pattern I (thesis and defence, plus 4 half-courses) or Pattern II (major research paper or project, plus 6 half-courses). See below for visual representation of the program's structure.

Students in both patterns must also take two "professional seminar" courses (CLAS 800, and CLAS 802).
As well, a reading knowledge of a modern (normally French, German or Italian) or ancient (Ancient Greek or Latin) language is a requirement for obtaining the MA.

What do I need to know to APPLY?

Academic Requirements

  • four-year bachelor degree in Classics or other relevant field, and
  • grade requirements: minimum first-class or high second-class standing (B+ average)

Additional Requirements

  • A good knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin is required for the Classics and Archaeology field. There are no language requirements for admission to the Classical Studies and Archaeology field.
  • If English is not a native language, prospective students must meet the English language proficiency requirements in writing, speaking, reading, and listening.

Important Dates

Online application for September 2020 admission is now open!

Notification of Acceptance:  mid-March

** Before you start your application, please review the Graduate Studies application process.