Classical Studies at Villanova offers graduate students the opportunity to explore ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, as well as a variety of aspects of classical civilization and culture.

For more than half a century, Villanova’s Classical Studies MA program has helped students deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the Greco-Roman world in all of its richness, diversity and enduring relevance. The program has long been known for providing thorough training in both pedagogical and research methods. Passionate teacher-scholars conduct small seminars in a broad array of subjects - including not only classical languages and literatures but also ancient history, philosophy, political thought, and art and archaeology. 

Students may pursue the degree with a focus on Latin, Greek & Latin or Classical Culture. Prospective students may apply for the full MA program or choose to take individual courses as a non-matriculated student.

The graduate Classical Studies program is 100% online, with live, synchronous classes.


Villanova’s Classical Studies faculty are passionate about their work in the field and dedicated to supporting students in the study of classical antiquity. Our faculty of accomplished scholars will mentor you in conducting careful research and in presenting your results orally and in writing.

Many graduate students find the Villanova MA in Classical Studies helpful in enhancing their skills for current or future teaching jobs. Other students find our program an excellent foundation for a PhD program in Classics or a related field. Still others are pursuing the degree or taking individual courses to complement their current career or simply for personal enrichment.

We have a distinguished record of success in placing Latin teachers in outstanding secondary schools in the Philadelphia area, throughout Pennsylvania and across the country.

Our students have been accepted to top doctoral programs, including

  • Fordham University
  • New York University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Boston University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Florida
  • Florida State University

The small class sizes in the Classical Studies program allows faculty and students to work together and build a close-knit community as they share ideas and their enthusiasm for the Greco-Roman world. Villanova's online experience fosters a uniquely collaborative environment.

All courses are scheduled once a week in the evenings with live, online class sessions.

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students who begin the program in a fall semester. 

Current secondary school teachers can receive tuition discounts from 20% to 40%.

Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Students

Classical Studies Program 
SAC Rm. 304
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Director of Classical Studies: 
Dr. Valentina DeNardis


February 1: For admission with funding consideration for the fall

August 1: For admission without funding for the fall

December 1: For admission without funding for the spring

May 1: for admission without funding for the summer

If you have missed a deadline, please contact Dr. Valentina DeNardis to discuss your options.

Begin Your Application.



Megan Quinn '21 MA standing in front of the Colosseum

Meghan Quinn '21 MA

"As a teacher taking graduate classes in the evening, Villanova has been very accommodating to my needs. If I am ever required to attend events such as parent-teacher conferences, back-to-school night or a district board meeting, my professors have been very understanding and allow me to conveniently view whatever I missed online. Program director Dr. Valentina DeNardis has made the master’s program a pioneer in in the online/hybrid format, and she has done a superb job in incorporating the most modern technology in such an ancient field of study. I have translated ancient texts with students tuning in from states as far away as Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas. At Villanova, I study with the most outstanding professors and students with a passion for the Classics. I highly recommend this program without any reservation." Learn more about Classical Studies careers.