Master of Arts in Classical Studies


Applicants to the M.A. Program in Classical Studies should have completed an undergraduate degree in Classics (or the equivalent) with evidence of academic distinction and aptitude for pursuing graduate work in the Classical Studies Program.


The M.A. in Classical Studies at Villanova University offers two possible tracks:

  • Greek/Latin
  • Latin

Each track requires a total of ten courses (30 credits total).  The Greek/Latin track requires a Greek literature survey, a Latin literature survey, and a combination of courses in Greek, Latin, and classical civilization.  The Latin track requires a Latin literature survey and a combination of courses in Latin and classical civilization.  Note:  students in the Latin track may take up to two Greek courses as part of their 10 courses.

Students must pass the M.A. Comprehensive Examinations which consist of translation of Greek/Latin or Latin and essays on Greek/Roman or Roman literature and history.  Students are also required to pass a modern language examination (with dictionary) on classical scholarship in French, German or Italian. 


The M.A. Program in Classical Studies awards a limited number of tuition scholarships each year to full-time students who plan to begin their study in a fall semester.  To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must complete their application by February 1st and notify Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Program Director, of their interest in the scholarship. 

Click here for general information about financing your Villanova education.  Specific information on the Presidential Graduate Fellowship for Underrepresented Students can be found here.  Information on a number of graduate assistantships offered by various programs at the University can be found here.  Please notify Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Program Director, of your interest in applying for one of these other funding opportunities.

Tuition reductions (20-40%) are available for educators (teachers or administrators at primary or secondary schools).  Please click here for details.


Graduates of our program interested in secondary school teaching have obtained teaching jobs at a number of private and public schools.  (Some have chosen to pursue Pennsylvania teaching certification through Villanova.)  Recent students interested in pursuing further graduate study in Classics have been accepted to programs at Fordham University, New York University, and the University of Cambridge.


Please contact Dr. Valentina DeNardis, Program Director, with any questions regarding the M.A. Program in Classical Studies.

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