Classics (CLAS)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Arts and Humanities


The Department of Classics offers a graduate program of study with specializations in Latin or Latin and Greek, leading to the Master of Arts degree. The program provides students with advanced study of the Latin and/or Greek languages and literatures in the context of a broader and deeper knowledge and understanding of Greek and Roman culture and civilization. In addition to advanced courses in language, each student will be required to take coursework in related disciplines outside of the Classics Department. Some individual programs may require more than 30 hours. Students may choose one of two tracks toward the degree: Latin or Latin and Greek. Potential applicants should be aware that they will not be admitted unless they have reached the advanced undergraduate level in at least one, or preferably both, of the classical languages, Latin and ancient Greek. Our M.A. alumni go on to a variety of careers, including especially the teaching of Latin in the schools. Many have also gone on to earn doctoral degrees in Classics at universities such as Brown, Michigan, and USC.

Financial Assistance

Teaching assistantships and several categories of fellowships are available for outstanding applicants. Contact the graduate director or the department chair for details.


Francisco Barrenechea
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Classics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.8670




In addition to the general requirements for admission established by the Graduate School (see "General Information" section in this catalog), applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in translating the ancient language(s) at the advanced undergraduate level.


Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents August 18, 2023 January 13, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas immigrants March 15, 2023 September 30, 2022


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The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area boasts of several outstanding classical libraries. Located in Washington, D.C., are the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Byzantine Library of Dumbarton Oaks, and the Library of Congress. Students may also use the Eisenhower Library on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Adler Eric Full Member B.A., Connecticut College, 1995; M.A.,SUNY Buffalo,1998; Ph.D., Duke University, 2005. Associate Professor, Classics
Barrenechea Francisco Full Member B.A., Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1996; M.A., Columbia University, 1999; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005 Associate Professor, Classics
Affiliate Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Bravo III Jorge J. Full Member A.B., Princeton University, 1990; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1996; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2006 Associate Professor, Classics
Doherty Lillian E. Full Member B.A., St. Mary's College, 1974; M.A., University of Chicago, 1977; Ph.D., University of Chicago 1982. Chair, Classics
Professor, Classics
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, Comparative Literature
Hallett Judith P. Full Member A.B., Wellesley College, 1966; A.M.,Harvard University, 1967; Ph.D., 1971. Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Classics
Professor, Classics
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Professor, Comparative Literature
Staley Gregory A. Full Member B.A., Dickinson College, 1970; M.A.,Princeton University, 1973; Ph.D., 1975. Professor, Classics
Wasdin Katherine Full Member B.A., Brown University, 2003; M.Phil., Yale University, 2007; Ph.D., Yale University, 2009 Assistant Professor, Classics