Dec 01, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024

Master of Arts in Ancient Societies and Cultures (History, Classics, and Religion)

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 19 units in coursework and a thesis.

Coursework (19 units)

  • Six 3-unit graduate-level courses subject to approval of the Department
    • At least two of these courses must be related to the chosen area of concentration.
  • CLASS 501  (1 unit)


  • Registration in 900-level THES. Students are required to write a thesis which should normally be not more than 100 pages in length.

Ethics Requirement

Students fulfill three hours of the FGSR Ethics Training Requirement  through CLASS 501 . Students must also complete the FGSR Graduate Ethics Training course.

Professional Development Requirement

Students fulfill four hours of the FGSR Professional Development Requirement  through CLASS 501 . See the Department website for a guideline of Department resources to fulfill the remaining PD hours.

Language Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in French, German, Italian, or another modern language appropriate to the area of concentration according to the procedures specified in the Departmental Language Requirement.

Depending on the student’s preparation and chosen area of concentration, demonstrated proficiency in one or more ancient languages may also be required.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

Students should be able to complete the program in three or four terms depending on preparation and course selection.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.