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MA in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Degree Requirements

The minimum course of study is 30 semester hours. Of these, at least 12 hours in classical archaeology, Greek, Latin, classics, and related fields must be at the 8000/9000 level or above. AMS 7000 is required of all students during their first year of graduate study. Students who wish to have a minor may take 10-12 hours in another department or complete an ancient studies minor.


Some command of German and French (or Italian) is helpful from the outset, and MA candidates are required to have demonstrated proficiency in one of the languages by the time that they begin their second year of graduate study. Degree candidates take MA language tests (Latin and/or Greek) in the 2nd year of graduate studies.

Written Works and Oral Examination

A final oral examination is given by a faculty committee selected by the student in consultation with the advisor. This examination will include defense of either the thesis or a compiled portfolio of seminar papers. If the former option is elected, the thesis will account for six credit hours.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: April 1st
NOTE: Deadline for teaching assistantship applicants: January 15th
Spring deadline: November 1st (Departmental support not typically available)

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 during last 2 years
  • Bachelor of arts degree from an accredited college or university
  • Reading knowledge of Greek and/or Latin
  • GPA of at least 3.0 in Greek and/or Latin courses
  • Minimum TOEFL scores
    Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
    61 Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 80 500 Effective July 1, 2015 must have score of 550

Required Application Materials

To the Graduate School

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest
  • 10-20 pp. writing sample
  • Transcripts

Application materials that cannot be submitted directly to the Graduate School may be sent to the department of Classics, Archaeology, and Religion.

Admission Contact Information

Raymond Marks
222 Swallow Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Financial Aid from the Program

Some programs require an extra form or statement from those who wish to be considered for internal assistantships, fellowships or other funding packages. Check the program website or ask the program contact for details.

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