Why Classics @ Memorial?

Classics is the study of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. The study of these two civilizations covers more than 2000 years of history, from the Minoans and the Mycenaeans in the Bronze Age to St. Augustine in Late Antiquity. Western European tradition looks to these cultures as the origin of its own laws, values, and traditions.

Classics is one of the most holistic and multidisciplinary of modern academic fields. Students in Classics study Greek and Roman societies in all their aspects including language, literature, history, philosophy, science, and technology. Classics covers the material culture of ancient society – the art, the houses, the fortifications, the temples, even the cooking pots.

Classics is also the oldest academic discipline; its traditions stretch back into antiquity itself. Modern western culture grows from these ancient roots, and knowledge of classical antiquity provides students with a broad cultural vocabulary, which helps them to understand western literature, laws, and cultural institutions.

Description of program

  • MA – The Department of Classics offers an MA in Classics, with an emphasis on classical texts and research methods, which suitably prepared students may complete in two years of full-time study, normally beginning in September.

Find a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to find a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Classics website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in an appropriate area of study


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Program Information

Degrees Offered:





MA: 2 years

Campus: St. John's

Application Deadline:

March 15 for Fall admission


MA: $7,000-$10,000

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Tuition (Canadian students):

2016-2017 academic year
MA: $632-$953/semester

Tuition (International students):

2016-2017 academic year
MA: $822-$1,239/semester

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