Stanford students in any undergraduate major interested in postgraduate work in Classics may apply for the department's coterminal master's program.
The co-terminal master's program requires application and admission during a Stanford student's senior year. Relevant coursework completed up to two quarters prior to entry in the program may be counted towards the co-terminal master's degree, but only if the courses are not already being used to satisfy undergraduate requirements. Once admitted, co-term students must complete the requirements of one of our four Master's tracks within one year, effectively adding a fifth year to the Stanford career.
The Master's tracks include: Language and Literature, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, and the joint program in Ancient Philosophy. All tracks require completing 45 units of coursework in addition to passing an ancient language examination (Ancient Greek or Latin), a modern language examination, and submission of either a final thesis paper or a set of seminar papers. For this reason, undergraduate course work in Greek, Latin and at least one modern language is normally a prerequisite to a successful co-term application.
How to Apply
The Classics Department accepts applications once per year. For entry to the coterminal master's program in Spring 2017-18, Summer 2017-18, Autumn 2018-19 or Winter 2018-19, applications are due no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. The application deadline for all previous quarters has now passed.
- Completed Coterminal Online Application
- Statement of Purpose (1-3 pages) explaining why you wish to enter the program and what you plan to accomplish while in the program
- Two letters of recommendation from Classics faculty
- Writing sample of 10-15 pages
- Unofficial Stanford transcript
- Preliminary Program Proposal
- Coterminal Course Approval Form (only if applicable submit directly to Building 110-107)
GRE scores are not required. Please ask the department to add you to the undergraduate mailing list for advance notice of deadlines.