The Master of Arts program in Classical Studies is open to candidates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Classics (or the equivalent), with evidence of academic distinction and aptitude for pursuing graduate work in the Classics program.
Those whose first language is not English and do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution of higher education are required to take the TOEFL exam and achieve a minimum score of 550 points, unless they have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution of higher education.
Though secondary-school teachers pursue the Villanova M.A. in Classical Studies, the degree is not strictly a degree in teaching, but rather prepares one to practice—or at least to appreciate—scholarship in the field. Believing that teaching and scholarship reinforce each other, our faculty is committed to teaching the protocols of academic writing and research. Students will have the opportunity not only of delivering research presentations but also of writing seminar papers under the careful guidance of professors who are also published scholars.
In addition to courses in the major authors and genres, we regularly offer an array of other courses, including some in history, like "Rome 133 B. C. to 31 B. C;" some with a pedagogical slant; and others with a technical focus, like Latin Prose Composition. Inasmuch as a strong Classics program gives students the option of doing advanced work in both ancient languages, we also offer courses in Greek literature regularly. To enrich their study and acquire a broader knowledge of the classical world, Master's degree candidates may also take two courses in related fields like ancient history, archaeology, and philosophy.