M.A. Degree Requirements
A diagnostic sight reading exam in Greek and Latin will be administered just prior to the first term of residence. At several pre-scheduled times each year, students will be offered the opportunity to take one or both of the Reading List exams. The best timing of each student’s exams should be discussed with the Director of Graduate Studies. Students not planning to go on to a Ph.D. program in Classics may opt to take the exam in one language (Greek or Latin) only. Those who pursue this option must still complete substantial coursework in the other language at the 400 level. The examination will require the student to demonstrate competence in translation and interpretation, including basic knowledge of the relevant scholarship.
A reading knowledge of either French or German is also required for completion of the degree, and may be demonstrated either by an exam taken at a time set by the Director of Graduate Studies or by appropriate coursework. M.A. students may be eligible for funding that will allow them to study one of these languages during their enrollment at Washington University. The exam option is offered several times a year at the same time as Reading List exam sittings. The modern language exam consists of translation of a passage of a scholarly article with the use of a hard dictionary.
The first prerequisite for entry into the MA program in Classics is the successful completion of an undergraduate (BA) degree in Classics, or with equivalent work in Classics alongside a related major. A new MA student must be prepared to enter both Greek and Latin courses at the 400 (third year) level; this preparation must be demonstrated via graded courses recorded on a transcript. An applicant not yet prepared for 400-level courses in one of the languages will most likely be advised to acquire further experience and reapply. Prospective applicants who need substantial additional preparation in the ancient languages may want to apply to a Post-Baccalaureate program in order to better equip themselves for graduate work in Classics. Please see the “Apply” page for other instructions on completing the MA application.