Ph.D. Students Earning the M.A. in Classics

Ph.D. students in other departments who want to earn the Master of Arts in Classics may emphasize either classical archaeology, classical philology, Latin pedagogy, ancient history, or Latin philology. Such students should first consult the Director of Graduate Studies; relevant forms for students emphasizing classical archaeology or classical philology can be found in Appendix J (archaeology) and Appendix K (philology). Students in this category will complete all the requirements specified in the Guidelines for the Master of Arts in Classics.

The following six procedures must be observed:

  1. The student will submit to the Classics Department the formal application named above. This form must first be approved and signed in the Ph.D.-granting department. That approval must recognize that the student must exit the Ph.D.-granting department for one regular semester (i.e. fall or spring) and change registration to the Classics Department; the student will then re-enter the Ph.D.-granting department (see 5 below). The signed form must indicate whether this change of registration will affect either the student's standing in, or possible funding (as GAT, etc.) from, the Ph.D.-granting department. A second approval must be obtained from the Department of Classics after the form is submitted.
  2. The application form also includes a complete plan to be approved by both departments. The plan will outline the proposed course of study. There should be a reasonable expectation that the two degrees can be completed in the time considered appropriate by the Ph.D.-granting department (e.g., six years in the case of the Philosophy Department).
  3. Once the application is approved formally by the Department of Classics, the student will meet all standards and criteria laid out in the Guidelines for the Master of Arts in Classics.
  4. The M.A. thesis may be written in conjunction with work done in the Ph.D.-granting department provided the M.A. thesis conforms with the Guidelines for the Master of Arts in Classics. With the approval of the Ph.D.-granting department, the M.A. thesis may be incorporated as part of the Ph.D. dissertation.
  5. The student must change degree registration to Classics, i.e. register as a student in the Classics department, for one regular semester (i.e. fall or spring). This is the semester in which the M.A. in Classics will be awarded to successful candidates. All exams and the thesis must be completed by the end of this semester. In the following semester, the student will then change degree programs and return to the Ph.D.-granting department. The student's registration in the Classics Department will occur only for the semester in which the M.A. is granted. Thus, the M.A. in Classics must be completed at least one semester prior to the completion of the requirements for the Ph.D. Students are advised hereby that this change in registration is a one-step operation. The forms to effect both changes can be filed with the Graduate College at once. The Graduate College will hold the second form until the student's next registration. The Office for Graduate Degree Certification can provide further details.
  6. In cases where the Ph.D.-granting department does not waive the requirement of a minor, and in accordance with the procedures of the Graduate College, the Classics Department allows courses that are already cross-listed to be counted toward both the M.A. (Classics) and the minor for the Ph.D.