As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer full funding for an M.A. in Classics. Master’s degrees in Classics can lead to a variety of career options, including teaching, academic researcher, Museum, or gallery curator.
Fully-funded Master’s programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, Master’s candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded Master’s programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential Master’s programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona): Generous funding offered to eligible students admitted to the Classics M.A. program. Most students receive the Graduate Assistant–Teaching (GAT) placements and all GATs receive full tuition waivers, health insurance plans with the premium fully covered. Stipends range from $7,688 to $16,200 per academic year, depending on hours worked and year in the program.
The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada): All Master’s students are funded. A typical minimum funding package for MA students is around $18,000 (domestic) or $21,000 per year for 20 months from a combination of Teaching Assistantships and fellowships. Most students receive additional funding from other external sources. In addition, the Department provides support for student travel and research abroad.
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL): Strong financial support to both Ph.D. students and MA students. MA programs offer funding to a large majority of its MA-level students, primarily through teaching assistantships. Additional financial support for both Ph.D. and MA students is available for graduate travel and research through the department’s multiple endowments and from faculty grants.
University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS): The Classics Department offers several Graduate Teaching Assistantships. Graduate Teaching Assistants teach sections of beginning Latin, or assist a course on Greek and Roman Mythology. Occasionally assistants also teach Greek or intermediate Latin. Graduate Teaching Assistants pay no tuition, and they receive health benefits in addition to a stipend. The annual stipend is approximately $17,750. Additional scholarships and research positions are also available.
Memorial University (Newfoundland and Labrador): Competitive funding packages to academically eligible full-time graduate students, both Canadian and international, in all eligible research programs. Funding for MA: $7,000-$10,000.
University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN): The Department of Classics at Notre Dame offers a funded, 2-year M.A. in Classics program. Full tuition scholarships, stipends, and health insurance subsidies are available.
Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada): The Basic Funding Package is approximately $13000 including an assistantship. Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s. All graduate students are also eligible to apply for Travel Fellowship funding travel for study or research in Greece.
Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ): Rutgers Classics is able to offer one to two fully-funded MA fellowships per year. The two-year fellowships include full tuition remission and an annual stipend of $25,000.
Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX): Students usually receive financial support via employment as a Teaching Assistant, Graduate Part-Time Instructor, or Editorial Assistant to Intertexts. The University also offers several competitive scholarships and funding for students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louise, MO): MA students typically receive full tuition remission, which is not tied to any service performed by the student; the only requirement for continue to receive tuition remission is satisfactory academic progress. Also, have additional funding for MA students through positions as assistants in instruction and research assistant.
University of Washington (Seattle, WA): Some limited funding is available for the students of the terminal M.A. degree. This consists of a stipend of $6000 for the year which carries with it a waiver of the difference between resident and non-resident graduate tuition, and health insurance.
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