The department does not accept applicants for a Master of Arts degree in classics. The MA degree is intended only as a transitional degree in the process of completing requirements for the PhD in classics.
Work toward the MA consists of six 4-unit courses (24 units) and a thesis and oral defense, or the MA comprehensive examination. Two of the core seminars (i.e. CLAS 540, CLAS 550, CLAS 560, CLAS 570) are required and five of the six courses must be taken in the Department of Classics. Under the guidance of a faculty committee, the student elects those courses appropriate to individual areas of special interest and previous academic preparation.