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Graduate Program

Master of Arts in Classical Archaeology

The master's program in classical archaeology at Tufts is designed to provide students with the material-cultural, social, historical, and artistic contexts needed to interpret the material remains of classical antiquity in preparation for further graduate study, for professional field archaeology, or for museum work. In combination with faculty strength in literature and ancient history, this program particularly suits those who want to consolidate and improve their language and research skills in preparation for a Ph.D. degree at another institution.


  1. Candidates must successfully complete ten graduate courses in Classical Archaeology and related fields. Four must be in classical archaeology; three must be in upper-level Latin and/or in upper-level Greek; and one must be in ancient history. Candidates will usually have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate major in Classics, Ancient Art, or Archaeology and have attained intermediate levels in both Latin and Greek. If not, additional courses will be required for completion of the master's degree.

  2. Both fieldwork and laboratory work are requirements, either as documented past experience or to be fulfilled during completion of the master's degree.

  3. Reading knowledge of Latin or Greek and one modern foreign language (usually German or French) is tested by examination.

  4. To demonstrate research and presentation skills, the candidate may submit for evaluation by a faculty committee either two qualifying papers (written for courses at Tufts and revised as necessary after completion of the course) or a thesis. The thesis normally counts as two of the required ten courses. Students usually find that writing a thesis takes a full term of uninterrupted work. An oral examination based on the qualifying papers or thesis is required.

  5. A comprehensive written examination integrating course work with a general knowledge of classical archaeology and of the reading lists in Greek and Latin literature is required.

Program Objectives

  1. Students will have developed the ability to conduct research and write a graduate level research paper and/or thesis.

  2. Students will have developed broad knowledge of Classical archaeology as well as being exposed to the literature and history in addition to a deeper focus in a particular area relevant to student interest.

  3. Students will have developed a strong competency in either Greek or Latin and a have been exposed to both as well as being exposed to new methods of learning and using the languages. (eg. Treebanking)

  4. Students will have gained reading knowledge of a modern foreign language relevant to research in the field.

  5. Students will have been exposed to new developments in the field of Classical archaeology.

  6. Students will be prepared to go on to advanced graduate work, field archaeology or secondary school teaching.