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What will I learn?

Classicists study the languages, literature, material culture, and history of Ancient Greece and Rome. The Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies offers a unique interdisciplinary Master's program that allows students to specialize in Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature through the completion of coursework and a thesis. Students choose from a broad range of coursework in the archaeology and material culture, religion and mythology, literature and ancient languages, and history and cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. In the second year of the program, students write a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member.

The MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology is the only program in Canada to offer students the opportunity to expand their perspective beyond Greece and Rome to the broader cultural, material, and religious contexts of interconnected ancient Mediterranean and Near East through multi-disciplinary coursework and research. We have ten full-time faculty specializing in Greek literature and philosophy, Latin literature and translation, Greek and Roman history, Roman law, Greek and Roman theatre, Greek mythology, Bronze Age archaeology, Greek material culture, Roman provincial archaeology. Our other faculty in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies are interdisciplinary researchers whose work regularly engages with classical literature, art, and culture.

We are an engaged department and are able to provide students with programs tailored to individual interests. Students will have frequent interaction with faculty and the academic community.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$8,952.27 (US$ 7,236) per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,


British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants for the PhD must have an MA and must have completed a minimum of 12 credits of course work at the graduate level (i.e. numbered 500 or above) in the relevant field.

English Language Proficiency Requirement


ibT Reading 22
ibT Writing 21
ibT Listening 22
ibT Speaking 21


IELTS Reading 6.5
IELTS Writing 6.5
IELTS Listening 6.5
IELTS Speaking 6.5