Greek and Roman Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

Course-based program

Program overview

Understand the modern world by exploring its historical foundations and traditions. Our department is a small and vibrant home to a host of dedicated faculty members who can help you explore the field and discover your passion – whether in research, teaching, or stewardship of Roman and Greek knowledge at museums or libraries. Our internationally-trained faculty boasts enviable strengths in the areas of Greek and Roman poetry, medieval Latin, Hellenistic history, and Greek and Roman material culture. Use them as valuable resources as you seek your degree – as a full-time or part-time student – as well as our solid departmental reference library and our extensive database. Students may also find opportunities for cross-disciplinary study with related programs.

Completing this program

  • Core Course: A course on research and professional training (not counted toward the student's GPA).
  • Directed Studies: Four courses in Greek and Latin texts, or in introductory language classes for graduate students.
  • Additional Courses: Eight graduate seminar courses, two of which may be outside the department if appropriate to the student's specialization.
  • Language Requirement: Reading knowledge of French or German or Italian.


Academic teaching and research, curatorial positions in museums, archival work in libraries.

A course-based master’s degree in greek and roman studies is usually considered a final degree.

Course-based program

One core course, eight seminars and four studies in Greek/Latin texts

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum; part-time study available


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

    Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

    Accepting Inquiries
    Roman religion, Early Christianity and its interactions with non-Christian religions, Ancient divination, Greek and Roman historiography
  2. Lisa Hughes

    Lisa Hughes

    Accepting Inquiries
    Roman Art and Archaeology
  3. Rachel Schmidt

    Rachel Schmidt

    Accepting Inquiries
    Medieval and Early Modern Literature in Spain

Admission requirements


While the minimum GPA requirement is 3.0, successful applicants typically have a GPA of 3.5 or greater on a 4.0 point system.

Minimum education

11 full-course equivalents of relevant undergraduate course work, with some concentration in the proposed research area.

Work samples




Reference letters


Test scores


Other languages

All research areas require proficiency in reading Latin and/or Greek.

Competence in reading French, German or Italian must be acquired either before or during the program.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Classics and Religion

Social Sciences Building, Room 558
618 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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