Online M.A. in Classical Studies

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The M.A. in Classical Studies is available fully online.  No attendance on campus is necessary.  

Here is what a current online student has to say about the program:

“Villanova's Master of Arts in Classics is the distance-learning program I have been waiting for. I am able to learn with inspiring colleagues who challenge me every day, and I am blessed to learn from scholars who are not only excellent in their field, but who also care about my success and education. The curriculum is demanding but accessible, and even though I have yet to step foot on campus, I feel like I am there every time I video conference in for class. The classes are always at night which allows for flexible scheduling so that working students aren't prohibited in anyway. This program is a must for anyone who wants to take his or her Classical knowledge to the next level but cannot do so in person due to geographic constraints.” - Michael Krogh, Current Student

  • 10 courses:  Literature courses (including a literature survey course) and culture courses
  • Classical Language Translation Exam:  Prose and poetry (choice of passages)
  • Modern Language Exam (optional):  Excerpts from classical scholarship in French, German, or Italian (dictionary allowed;  choice of passages)
  • Research Portfolio:  (1) literature survey paper, (2) special topic paper
Note:  The Greek/Latin track requires both Greek and Latin survey courses as well as Greek and Latin survey papers.

The Program typically offers one Latin course and one classical culture course each semester.  One Greek course is typically offered each fall and an optional weekly Greek reading group is offered each spring.  All courses are held once a week in the evenings (5:20 p.m. EST or later). Here is a sampling of our course topics:


  • History of Greek Literature
  • Homer
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Plato
  • Greek Historians


  • History of Latin Literature
  • Vergil
  • Roman Elegy
  • Cicero
  • Latin Epistles

Classical Culture

  • Roman Art & Archaeology
  • Greek Art & Archaeology
  • Pompeii & Herculaneum
  • Greece & Rome in Art and Culture
  • Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece & Rome

Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $2,310 per course.  Tuition reductions (20-40%) are available for educators (teachers or administrators at primary or secondary schools).  Please click here for details.  40% discount for educators at Catholic schools = $1,386 per course; 20% discount for educators at non-Catholic schools = $1,848 per course.