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Bridge M.A. in Classical Studies

The M.A. in Classical Studies (Bridge M.A.) is a fully funded, three semester program designed to assist promising students in Classical Studies, Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History, or Greek and Roman Archaeology in developing the Ancient Greek and Latin language skills needed to pursue a Ph.D. in Classical Studies.

Exceptional students with demonstrated potential for graduate study will gain research, language, and teaching experience while interacting with other graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty through one-on-one meetings, seminars, and research symposia.  

Individuals from non-traditional backgrounds, ethnically diverse cultures, or first generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply. 

For more information about the Bridge M.A. Program, please contact: 

Professor Sara Ahbel-Rappe, Bridge MA Program Director: or 734-936-6096

Sarah Kandell, Graduate Program Coordinator: or 734-615-3181

Prerequisites and Criteria

Applicants for the Bridge MA should have completed two years of college level training in one of the ancient languages (Latin or Greek), and one year in the other. 

Applicants must also fit the criteria for elibibility in the Rackham Merit Fellowship Program, which is open to newly admitted students who:

    Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation);

    Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

And meet one or more of the following criteria:

    Come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline in the United States or at the University of Michigan;

Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. By commitment to diversity, we mean efforts in the U.S. to reduce social, educational or economic disparities based on race, ethnicity or gender, or to improve race relations in the U.S.;

Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances;

Are first-generation U.S. citizens or are the first generation in their families to graduate from a four-year college.




Application Process and Requirements

The following materials are required for consideration to the M.A. in Classical Studies (Bridge M.A.) You should submit all materials by uploading them into your online application. All materials are due on December 15.

1.    Completed Rackham Application

2.    Three letters of recommendation.  Please make sure that you register three recommenders when you fill out the online application even if you don’t yet know who the third will be.  If you only enter one or two and click submit you will be unable to go in the ApplyWeb system and enter a third later.  We recommend that you enter a placeholder name which you will be able to go in and change in ApplyWeb under Review Your Activity.  If you or your recommenders will be submitting letters of recommendation by paper, include this Letter of Recommendation form with your submission.  Please have these letters sent directly to the department via US Mail.

3.     Statement of Purpose - Briefly explain the nature of your study in Classics or related fields, your primary areas of interest (if known), what studies you would like to pursue in graduate school, and whether there are any Michigan faculty with whom you would especially like to work. Upload at the Statement of Purpose page.

4.     Personal Statement - details here

5.     Resume or CV. Upload at the Resume or CV page.

6.     Scholarly writing sample - Preferably a paper or thesis that you have submitted in a pertinent course (20 page limit).  Upload at the Writing Sample page.

7.     Transcripts – Please scan your official or unofficial transcripts and upload them with your online application.  This will be sufficient for the Department’s admissions file and is our preferred method of receiving your transcripts. Please include transcripts from institutions from which you received a degree or from which you took courses relevant to your application. (If you decide to have your transcripts mailed to the department rather than upload them, we must receive them by the due date of December 15.  Please order them well ahead of time to make sure they reach us by the deadline.)

In addition to uploading your transcript to the online application, all applicants are required to mail one set of official academic records/transcripts from the institution awarding a Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional and/or Doctoral degree to the Rackham Graduate School. If you attended a non-U.S. institution submit this form with the academic records/transcripts.

International Students Only: If you received a degree from a non-US institution, be prepared to send:

-Transcripts/official records from each undergraduate or postgraduate institution attended

-Official certification of degrees and dates awarded, issued in the original language. 

If your first language is not English AND you do not qualify for a Rackham English Proficiency Exemption, please send one of these scores:




*GRE scores are not required 

Degree Requirements

BRIDGE MA in CLASSICAL STUDIES -- 24 credit hours

  • 15-18 credit hours in Ancient Greek or Latin
  • 6-9 credit hours must be approved cognate courses (typically, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Greek or Roman Archaeology, Classical Linguistics, Ancient Philosophy)
  • A sight translation exam in Greek and Latin
  • Students develop a research paper during the Fall semester