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Master of Arts

About the Program

Expand your knowledge of the legacies of ancient Greece, Rome, the ancient Near East and Egypt with a Master of Arts in Classical Studies from Case Western Reserve University, the #1 university in Ohio. Learn to analyze texts and ancient culture using various theoretical approaches while prioritizing the use of ethical sources. A master’s in classics can lead you to a fulfilling career as a historian, archaeologist, archivist, art director and more. 

What to Expect

You’ll be exposed to the various facets of antiquity—specifically the blending of cultures and belief systems that made up the ancient Mediterranean world—and you’ll develop a deeper understanding of how these ancient cultures inspired the modern West and continue to have a lasting effect on global culture. 

You’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into classics through a broad selection of courses, split up by era (archaic, classical, hellenistic, republican, imperial, and medieval) and genre (epic, tragedy, comedy, history, satire, elegiac). No matter what courses interest you, you’ll explore the philological, literary, historical, social, and philosophical dimensions of ancient texts—and engage with material and visual culture through archaeology, epigraphy, art and architectural history.

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Beyond the Classroom

Further your passion for classical studies by taking advantage of Case Western Reserve’s study abroad programs, including experiences in Athens, Greece, and in Rome, Italy.

You don’t even have to travel far from home to explore the histories and cultures of the ancient world. University Circle is home to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.  

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Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process typically requires:

  • Transcripts
  • GPA: 3.5 or higher recommended
  • 2 years of college-level Greek or Latin
  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

Visit the School of Graduate Studies for a full list of requirements.

Contact Us

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Paul Iversen
Associate Professor and Chair Department of Classics
Director of Undergraduate Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

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