Requirements for Graduate Admission

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Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and two letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Classics program (uploaded through the online application). Optionally, students may also furnish Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Students interested in receiving financial support need to submit completed financial aid applications to the Office of Financial Aid by the stipulated deadlines. For further information see the University of Arizona Graduate College Website.

Degree Requirements

A four-year B.A. in Classics or related field, ideally with advanced-level competence in one classical language and intermediate-level competence in the other, is the expected undergraduate preparation for an applicant. In some cases, deficiencies can be addressed through intensive summer language courses at the University of Arizona prior to matriculation in the fall semester. Applicants with deficiencies in language courses or other areas may be admitted to provisional status in the program on a case-by-case basis. These will be identified in acceptance letters and must be addressed as soon as possible. Students on provisional status will not be eligible for financial aid or other forms of departmental support.

Grade Point Average

The applicant must have maintained an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Letter of Intent to Department Head

As a part of the initial application, prospective students should submit a letter of at least 750 words describing their professional goals and ambitions to the department. To aid the department in fostering their graduate studies and professional pursuits, prospective students should explain why they are interested in earning an advanced degree in the field. They should also indicate clearly which M.A. Emphasis (Ancient History, Ancient Religion, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology, Latin Pedagogy, or Latin Philology) they intend to pursue. Applicants should also indicate whether or not they will be applying for financial aid.


One set of complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work done and degrees received, whether at the University of Arizona or at other institutions, must be sent to the department directly from those institutions.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is optional. Applications that do not include GRE scores will be considered.

Letters of Recommendation

Students are required to provide at least two letters of recommendation, preferably from professors in their major subject area.

Transfer of Credit

Graduate credit from other institutions can only be transferred if the student was enrolled in a graduate program at the time the credit was earned. In any case, no more than six units of graduate credit are transferable. Transfer of credit will be accepted only if endorsed in writing by the Classics Director of Graduate Studies. No credit is allowed for courses graded lower than B or S (= "Superior") for courses taken pass/fail, or for audited courses.

Immunization Requirements

Once admitted, students will not be permitted to register for classes without proof of measles/rubella immunity on file with the Campus Health Service. The University of Arizona requires verification of measles/rubella immunity for all students born after 31 December 1956. Immunization records must be obtained from a health care provider and must indicate the following:

  • one (1) rubella vaccination after 31 December 1979;
  • two (2) measles vaccinations, at least one of which must have been administered after 31 December 1979.