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Graduate Programs in Classics

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Mattison –

The Department of Classics offers one M.A. program and one Ph.D. program. The M.A. in Classics is for those who wish to specialize in the general areas of Philology, History, and Classical Art and Archaeology. Students have the option of upgrading their archaeological or philological expertise by taking extra undergraduate courses. The Ph.D. program requires a sound knowledge of Latin and Greek, and all doctoral students are required to take courses in Greek and Latin and to complete comprehensive exams in both languages, as well as in other subject areas.

Information on how to apply to McMaster University graduate programs can be found here.

The School of Graduate Studies online graduate application can be found here.

The deadline for completed applications to the graduate program (for Fall 2020 entry) is
January 24th, 2020.

In addition to the online application and two referee reports required by the School of Graduate Studies, applicants are asked to submit the following application documents:

  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended**
  • statement of interest
  • writing sample of 5-10 pages

**Unofficial transcripts can be accepted for the application review process. If an offer of admission is received and accepted, the applicant will then be required to submit official, printed copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

These documents can be uploaded to the online application or emailed to

Each applicant will automatically be considered for financial support from McMaster, including TAships.  All applicants, however, are urged to apply on their own for both an OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship) and for funding from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).  OGS awards can be held only at Ontario universities, but out-of-province students are eligible and should apply.  SSHRC awards can be held across the country.  Note that the application deadlines for both are considerably earlier than the deadline for admission to most graduate programs; please read the scholarship websites carefully and be sure to apply in time.