GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN DETAIL

The Department of Classics houses four graduate degree-granting programs:

  • Full-time M.A.
  • Part-time M.A.
  • M.Phil.
  • Ph.D.

The two M.A. programs may be completed individually and award a terminal Masters; in other words, M.A. students are not expected to continue on to the Ph.D., but they may apply to do so if they wish. In most circumstances, however, to earn a Ph.D. students must complete the requirements for the M.Phil. The M.Phil. and Ph.D. are thus treated as constituting a single, full-time graduate program. As a result, students who earn a doctorate from the department customarily graduate with both an M.Phil. and a Ph.D.

Below you will find a description and account of the requirements for each program.

 

FULL-TIME M.A.

The M.A. degree is earned in either Greek or Latin, and adequate and proven reading knowledge in this language is required for admission. Students are also expected to have completed at least one year of advanced work in the other language; transcripts of undergraduate course work are accepted as evidence that this requirement has been met. Students will generally be able to complete the M.A. degree in one academic year. No full-time student may take longer than two years to complete the degree.

Course Requirements

  • 30 points comprised of nine courses, at least seven of them taken for graded credit.
    • One of those nine courses must consist of a written assignment under the rubric of CLPH 4915 (M.A. Thesis); this assignment is designed to supplement, extend or vary the work done to complete the requirements for one of the primary eight courses. The trajectory of the assignment for CLPH 4915, and the details of how it will be supervised, will be decided in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.
    • All nine of these courses must be 4000-level or above
  • Courses taken for letter grade (‘E Credit’) must include either Greek or Latin 4105, 4106, and 4139.
    • Exemption from Greek or Latin 4139 may be given on the basis of an examination. 
  • Students are expected to maintain at least a B+ average in their graded courses.

Modern Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of French, Italian or German, to be demonstrated by a written test or by completing the intermediate (second year) class-sequence.

 

PART-TIME M.A.

The purpose of the part-time M.A. is to provide a period of graduate study in the classics, including research experience, at the same level as that of the full-time M.A.

Course Requirements

The requirements for the part-time M.A. are the same as those for the full-time M.A., with the exception of the time limit. Part-time students are expected to complete the degree within eight consecutive semesters, but leaves of absence that extend the time limit will be granted in cases in which a student's other obligations conflict unavoidably with attendance at the University. The time limit may also be extended by petition in special circumstances.

 

M.PHIL.

Continuation of study beyond the M.A. degree or the equivalent is authorized by the Director of Graduate Studies. The M.Phil. degree is always in Classics, both Greek and Latin. Thus, coursework and examinations are related to the study of both classical languages and their literatures (including their cultural and political backgrounds). Programs of study are individually arranged in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

General Course Requirements

Fourteen courses, including twelve for a letter grade.

  • These fourteen courses must include Greek and Latin 4105, 4106 and 4139 (all six of which must be taken for a letter grade)
  • Four advanced courses (8000 level or above) in Greek or Latin
  • One course at the 6000 level
  • The Courses taken for the M.A. count toward the total of fourteen. (Students advancing from the M.A. to Ph.D. do not take CLPH 4915.)
  • Students are expected to maintain at least a B+ average in their graded courses.

Modern Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of French or Italian and German, to be demonstrated by written tests as early as possible in the student's graduate career, and in no case later than the certification examination. This requirement includes competence in one language demonstrated as part of the work for the M.A. degree.

Qualification Examination

The qualification examination will be held three times a year: on the Friday of the first week of classes in Fall and Spring semesters; and on the first Friday of exam period in Spring semester. It consists of two two-hour examinations, most usually taken in different semesters, in the translation of Greek and Latin texts chosen from the common reading list. The examination in at least one language must be first attempted no later than the beginning of the student’s fourth semester of residence, and at least one must be attempted at the beginning of every following semester. Both must be passed no later than the beginning of the sixth semester. Students who do not pass both examinations by the required deadline will not be permitted to continue as candidates for the degree.

Each examination consists of six passages (three prose, three poetry) of about 100-150 words, of which the student must translate four (two prose, two poetry). The examination is designed less to test the student’s ability to translate Greek and Latin (which is assumed) than his or her knowledge of the texts on the reading list. The passages on the examination are chosen so as to be representative both of the breadth of the list (expect passages from different genres and different periods) and of the works in question (expect passages that are typical for the content and style of a work and/or particularly significant for its interpretation).

Certification Examination ("M.Phil. papers")

Students are required to complete two written examinations or research papers on a special author or field under the supervision of an adviser of their choice, who determines the appropriate format.  The first of these should focus on the student's secondary language, the second on the primary language.  The topic of the examination or paper in the primary language may, but need not, be related to the proposed field of the student's dissertation.  It is recommended that students complete both examinations/papers in the course of their third year. Both examinations/papers must be completed by the end of the seventh semester.

 

PH.D.

Within one semester of the completion of requirements for the M.Phil. degree (i.e., by the end of the fourth year of residence), a candidate for the Ph.D. must submit to the supervisory committee a prospectus for the proposed dissertation, to consist of a statement of the topic and a rough outline of both working order and expected structure, in no more than 20 pages, with a short bibliography (no more than 30 titles) of relevant scholarship. It should be noted that all dissertation (i.e. non-teaching) fellowship awards are contingent upon the approval of the dissertation prospectus. The student must present and successfully defend a dissertation, normally on the subject approved by the supervisory committee.

What follows is the ideal progress through the Ph.D. program. Individual students' careers may vary, though deadlines and rules in bold apply to everyone. Students who fail to fulfill any degree requirement in accordance with the deadlines set out here may not be permitted to continue as candidates for the degree.

Year 1

  • Fulfillment of all M.A. requirements except CLPH 4915 (courses and first foreign language exam)

Year 2
Beginning of fall semester

  • Taking of first translation exam (usually in the language studied in Survey the previous year)*
  • Fulfillment of remaining course requirement for M.Phil. and second foreign language exam
  • Teaching as a Teaching Assistant (TA)

No later than the beginning of the student’s fourth semester

  • At least one of the translation exams must be attempted every semester until both have been passed
  • By GSAS rules, all M.A. requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the second year

Year 3
Beginning of fall semester

  • Taking of second translation exam*
  • Work on certification exams (M.Phil. papers)
  • Teaching one’s own class as a Teaching Fellow (TF)

No later than the beginning of the student’s sixth semester

  • Both translation exams must be passed

Year 4

  • Teaching as Teaching Fellow

By the end of the seventh semester

  • Completion  of both certification exams (M.Phil. papers)
  • Dissertation proposal
  • By GSAS rules, all M.Phil. requirements must be fulfilled by the end of the fourth year

Year 5

  • Dissertation

*The translation exams, both Latin and Greek, will be held three times a year: on the Friday of the first week of classes in Fall and Spring semesters; and on the first Friday of exam period in Spring semester.

Students who fail to fulfill any degree requirement in accordance with the deadlines set out above may not be permitted to continue as candidates for the degree.

 

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES POLICY ON ACADEMIC PROGRESS

In order to comply with guidelines governing the disbursement of federal financial aid, GSAS has updated its policy regarding satisfactory academic progress. Students must now maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress, and to remain in good academic standing with the Graduate School. This policy applies to all GSAS students regardless of their receipt of federal aid.