MA Admission Requirements

Applicants for the MA must hold a bachelor’s degree. This will normally be in Classics (Latin and Greek), Classical Studies (non-language program), Near Eastern Studies, or Religious Studies, and must include at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in courses directly related to the intended field of study:

  • MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity: at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Classical, Near Eastern, or Religious Studies, and/or in classical languages.
  • MA in Classics: at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Ancient Greek and/or Latin are required, including at least 6 credits in each language.
  • MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology: at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Classical Studies and/or Near Eastern Studies, including at least 6 credits studying classical art or archaeology.
  • MA in Religious Studies: at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Religious Studies (which may include up to 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level either in the study of Asian religions (ASIA) or of a classical language: Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, and/or Latin).

All MA applicants must additionally have completed a minimum of one year’s study (6 credits, or equivalent; minimum grade: B-/68%) in classical languages (Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Classical Arabic, and/or Latin) prior to admission. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed two years of language study before entrance.

All applications must meet the minimum requirements of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. A one-term course is typically worth three credits at UBC. A credit represents one hour of instruction per week for one term.