Greek and Roman Studies

Greek and Roman Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Be inspired by internationally recognized scholars in our intimate and congenial department. Our faculty members are teachers, mentors, and evaluators, here to guide you in your academic pursuits. Students may find opportunities for cross-disciplinary work with related fields, including religious studies and history. We work to prepare students to be effective and inspiring teachers and insightful professional scholars by offering the opportunities, support, and resources to achieve these goals. The department maintains a reference library and database on Greek and Roman studies. The Nickle Collection of some 15,000 ancient coins is available for study in the university’s Nickle Arts Museum.

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.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original thesis.
  • Additional Courses: Four 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 master’s degree in greek and roman studies will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


One core course, four 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


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.

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

  1. Marica Cassis looking at a Syriac church

    Marica Cassis

    Accepting Inquiries
    Syriac History and Archaeology, Byzantine History and Archaeology, Muslim-Christian interaction in Mesopotamia, Gender theory in Byzantine Archaeology, Byzantine Anatolia
  2. Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

    Lindsay Driediger-Murphy

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

    Lisa Hughes

    Accepting Inquiries
    Roman Art and Archaeology
  4. 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 done at a recognized institution.

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:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1

Online Application Opens - October 1.

  • January 15:  Application Deadline
  • January 25:  Supporting Documents and Reference 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, AB, T2N 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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