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Information for Prospective Students

Persons who seek admission to the program should possess a B.A. degree with a major in Latin or Classics (with at least four upper-level Latin courses), at least twelve credits in Classical Greek, and at least six credits in Greek and Roman history, and they must have earned a cumulative average of 3.0 or better in their major and of 2.75 or better in their overall undergraduate course of study. Candidates are also requested to submit at least two letters of recommendation from previous teachers and a well-considered statement indicating a genuine commitment to a career as a teacher of Latin and Classical Humanities in grades 5-12. Personal interviews are highly recommended. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (G.R.E.) are required by the University. The test should be taken as early as possible, and it must have been taken within five years of the date of application to the program.

Persons who have completed state certification requirements in their undergraduate programs in addition to having earned a B.A. degree in Latin or Classics are also eligible for the MAT Program, provided they have met all other requirements and are prepared to undertake the full extent of the Pre-Practicum and Practicum. Strongly recommended but not required is an undergraduate minor (at least eighteen semester hours) in a second teaching area. Spanish/Latin combinations are in especially high demand.

MAT Handbook for 2019 (PDF) »

Click on the above link to read the MAT Handbook that contains updated information about the program's curriculum and application process. For any additional questions, please contact Prof. Teresa Ramsby, Director of Graduate Studies, by e-mail at tramsby@umass.edu

The department address is: Department of Classics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Box 33905, Amherst, MA 01003-3905; dept. phone: 413-545-0512.

The University of Massachuestts Amherst Graduate School offers on-line applications, downloadable applications, and allows you to check the status of your application.

The University's Undergraduate Admissions website provides an overview of the campus and its activites.