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Masters Degree Programs


The Department offers Masters of Arts degree programs in Greek and Latin, and a Master of Arts in Latin with Teaching Certification. The MA in Latin with Teaching Certification is intended for the preparation of secondary school teachers. The MAs in Latin and Greek serve primarily as supplementary degree programs for students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in related disciplines.

Requirements for Admission

Apart from the Latin MA with Teaching Certification, these programs are normally open only to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Michigan. All prospective applicants should confer with a representative of the Department before applying.

In addition to Rackham requirements, prospective students must submit three letter of recommendation, a writing sample (limit 20 pages), and official transcripts.

Applicants for the MA in Greek should have completed two years of classical Greek at the college level. Applicants for either of the MA programs in Latin should have completed three years of college Latin (two years if the language was begun in high school). 

Degree Requirements

MA IN GREEK -- 24 credit hours

  • At least 12 credit hours must be in courses in Greek
  • 6-8 credit hours may be in courses in Latin
  • At least 4 (up to 6) credit hours must be in approved cognate courses
  • A sight translation examination in Greek

MA IN LATIN -- 24 credit hours

  • At least 12 credit hours must be in courses in Latin
  • 6-8 credit hours may be in courses in Greek
  • At least 4 (up to 6) credit hours must be in approved cognate courses
  • A sight translation examination in Latin

For cognate work for the MA in Greek or Latin, the following fields are especially recommended: Greek or Latin language and literature, ancient history, Greek or Roman archaeology, ancient philosophy, classical linguistics


  • At least 24 credit hours in Latin, classical archaeology or classical civilization and cognates, as below:
    • Latin:  Latin 421 Methods in the Teaching of Latin and 4 additional graduate level courses (excluding 502-505)
    • Classical Archaeology / Classical Civilization: one course in classical archaeology or classical civilization, or one seminar (800-level course) in Latin
    • Additional courses needed to fulfill the 24 credit hour requirement may include courses in Latin (at the graduate level), classical Greek, classical linguistics, classical archaeology, and classical civilization.  They should be chosen from the Department's course offerings with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • A course in linguistics
  • A sight translation examination in Latin
  • The following professional education courses:
    • ED 304: Seminar: Problems and Principles of Secondary Education
    • ED 402: Reading and Writing in the Content Area
    • ED 606: Developmental and Psychological Perspectives in Education
    • ED 649: Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform
    • ED 650: Directed Teaching in the Secondary School (12 credit hours)
    • ED 657: Practicum in Educational Studies

Financial Assistance

The Department offers some fellowship assistance to students in the Latin teaching certificate program, and Latin graduate student instructorships may be available. Applicants are also encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for information on student loans and work/study. Any student who receives a work/study award can be assured of a job within the Department as a research assistant, grader, etc. In addition, the Graduate Funding Office has information on other forms of fellowship aid.