School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


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"The Classics department at Queen’s is a relatively small, friendly department where the faculty and staff are always eager to speak with students. Add to that the multiple opportunities for international field research and it is easy to see why students feel so at home here.”

Zeyd Bismilla, M.A., 2009

Program Contact

Judy Vanhooser
Departmental Administrator
Classics Department
Watson Hall, Room 508
Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L3N6

Phone: 613.533.6000 ext 78690


Program Overview

The Department of Classics at Queen’s University boasts a proud tradition of over 178 continuous years of instruction in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures.  Faculty members have expertise in Greek and Roman archaeology, history, ancient science, and language and literature so your research opportunities are vast and varied. Our graduate program will further enhance your passion for the ancient world and provide global opportunities for field experience at archaeological sites.

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, although students in this field are welcome to begin study or improve their knowledge of those languages while completing the MA if they wish.


As a small department that fosters congenial working relations, our students receive individual attention and support and are provided with many opportunities to engage fully in class discussions and mini-conferences.  Funding opportunities are available to allow students to present their research at external conferences, enabling them to develop professional networks within the greater Classics community.  Our students also have opportunities to travel to and participate in faculty-supervised archaeological excavations in Italy and Bulgaria, providing hands-on experience in an international setting.

Career paths – employment opportunities

With coveted transferable skills (effective communications, critical thinking, problem solving), our graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia, museums, libraries, art galleries and archaeological excavation as well as in government, business, law, and medicine.

Degrees Offered / Fields of Study / Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.: 2 years

Fields of study

  • Classics and Archaeology
  • Classical Studies and Archaeology

Method of Completion

Pattern I: 4 half courses/12.0 units, thesis + thesis defence

Pattern II: 6 half courses/18.0 units, major research essay OR major research project

Students in both patterns must in addition take two “pro-seminars” (CLAS 800 [in first year] and CLAS 802 [in second year]) in which the skills required by the discipline are addressed. As well, a reading knowledge of a modern (normally French, German or Italian) or ancient (Ancient Greek or Latin) research language is a requirement for obtaining the MA.

Supervisors and their Research Interests
  • Jan-Mathieu Carbon: Greek epigraphy; Greek religion; cultural interactions in Greece, Anatolia and the Near East; calendars and festivals; divination and oracles; digital humanities.
  • Fabio Colivicchi: Urbanization and state formation; Greek colonies; Etruscans; pre-Roman cultures of South Italy; ancient imperialism; multiculturalism in the Roman empire; early and republican Rome.
  • Michael S. Cummings: Latin and Greek poetry, in particular the Augustan poets, Greek amatory epigram, early Christian poetry, and mediaeval Latin lyric; love in the ancient world and the philosophy of love; myth, particularly ancient mythography.
  • R. Drew Griffith: Greek literature, comparative literature, literary criticism.
  • Bernard J. Kavanagh: Roman history, Early Imperial Senators, Roman Gaul, Latin Epigraphy.
  • Daryn Lehoux: Ancient science and epistemology, especially astronomy, astrology, mathematics and medicine; ancient philosophy.
  • M. Barbara Reeves: Roman archaeology, Nabataean culture, the Roman Near East, cultural relations between Roman soldiers and indigenous peoples, the religious practices of Roman soldiers, ancient bath houses and bathing technology, ceramic building materials, petroglyphs and graffiti, the history of archaeology, the history of Queen's Classics Department.
  • Cristiana Zaccagnino: Magna Graecia, Greek archaeology, ancient bronzes, classical tradition, field archaeology, ancient polychromy and Numismatics.

Cross Appointed Faculty:

  • Richard Ascough:  Greek and Roman religions, Christian origins, biblical interpretation, religion and film.
  • Anthony D’Elia:  Italian Renaissance, Intellectual/Social/Cultural History of Early Modern Europe, classical tradition, Latin (Classical and Renaissance).
  • Richard Greenfield:  Late Antiquity, Middle & Late Byzantine history, Crusades.
  • George Bevan: Late Antiquity, Syriac, Papyrology, Photogrammetry, and GIS.
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package (includes teaching assistantship, and Queen’s Graduate Award) - Approximately $13000

We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (SSHRC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.

All graduate students are also eligible to apply for the Alexander and Ian Vorres Hellenic Travel Fellowship funding travel for study or research in Greece, the Department of Classics Travel Grant for field research, and the Ross Kilpatrick Student Initiative Fund for educational opportunities outside the classroom.

Academic Prerequisites

Normally a 4-year bachelor degree in Classics (or equivalent, e.g. History) with first-class or high second-class (B+) standing

Applicants to our Classics and Archeology field should have a good knowledge of Greek and Latin. Applicants who need to supplement their experience in the languages may be accepted on a preparatory basis and arrangements made for supplementary language courses.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 550 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 15th to qualify for September admissions, but we accept late applications.

Notification of Acceptance: Early to Mid-March.

Learning Outcomes and Resources

Degree Level Expectations - MA (269 KB)

Resources - go to the Classics website

Grad Maps

View the Grad Maps for this department and all graduate degrees on the Career Services website