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Latin Master’s Degree Program Overview

The Master of Arts degree program in Latin with an online concentration in Literature offers professional development for current and aspiring Latin teachers, as well as preparation for students who wish to pursue scholarly research in Classical Studies at the Ph.D. level. The program may be completed in two years of full-time study; part-time students are welcome.

Applicants must have had extensive training in Latin (documented through transcripts) and must be prepared to read Latin texts (e.g. Vergil, Cicero) in the original. A placement test is available at no charge.

The Literature concentration is designed for current and aspiring Latin teachers as well as those who anticipate continuing their studies beyond the master’s degree level or wish to pursue scholarly research in Classical Studies.

This program is targeted at three major audiences:

  • Secondary Latin teachers who wish to upgrade their credentials
  • Aspiring teachers who have completed the equivalent of Kent State University’s Latin undergraduate major
  • Students with a Classics B.A. who wish to continue their graduate studies in preparation for the Ph.D. in Classics or other programs (e.g., Museum Studies, etc.).

The concentration in Literature is a fully online asynchronous program that allows students the flexibility to choose their own study time during a given week. There are no scheduled class meetings. The concentration provides students with intensive Latin language practice at an advanced level across a wide range of literary genres, as well as experience with academic research and scholarship.

Program Structure

  • 36 minimum credit hours
  • Graduate in as few as 4 semesters

Student Testimonial

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Kent State’s graduate program. The course offerings provide opportunities for specialization and individualized research, and equally importantly, they provide the breadth of training that is essential for employability in Classics at any level; graduate coursework in other disciplines, e.g. history and art and archaeology, alongside Latin is a necessary preparation for the varying demands of teaching. My time as a graduate student instructor was also invaluable, offering the opportunity to teach both language and culture courses and to receive mentorship and feedback. Lastly, something that shouldn’t be undervalued in graduate programs, is an environment of support and welcome. Faculty, staff, and fellow students fostered a sense of community that has continued well beyond my time in the program. A warm thank you to everyone for a great experience!”

Brandon Conley, Adjunct Instructor, Michigan State University
M.A., Latin, 2017

Latin Master’s Degree Program Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Research paper or essay in English (5-10 pages), which should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the sample is original work and that the applicant received no help in its preparation
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English Test score

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

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Latin Master’s Degree Program Courses

Courses for the online MA in Latin with a concentration in Literature prepare students to pursue further study of Latin and to teach Latin and classics classes at the college or post-secondary level. Topics include Roman history, archaeology and art; Latin research and composition; ancient Christianities; and Latin epigraphy. The Literature concentration also includes 12 credits of Latin language and literature electives as well as a 6-credit culminating requirement, for which students can complete either a thesis or a research project.

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Latin Master’s Degree Program Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$571.90 $1,715.70

$20,600 part-time1

$12,500 full-time2

Non-Ohio Residents

Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$581.90 $1,745.70

$20,900 part-time3

$12,600-$12,700 full-time4

1The $571.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time Ohio resident graduate students taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester.

2The flat-rate semester fee of $6,277.40 applies to full-time Ohio resident graduate students taking between 11-18 credit hours per semester.

3The $581.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time non-Ohio resident graduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour.

4The flat-rate semester fee of $6,277.40 applies to full-time non-Ohio resident graduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking between 11-18 credit hours, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour of actual credits taken each semester (between 11-18 semester credits or $110-$180).

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs, please contact Kent State’s Financial, Billing & Enrollment Center at 330-672-6000 or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

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