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CNES will be limiting our applications to our graduate program in Religions in Antiquity for matriculation in Fall 2021. We will not be accepting applications to our Classics graduate program at this time. The deadline for admissions is December 15, 2020. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Steve Ahearne-Kroll (, with any questions.

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies offers two graduate programs: an MA and a PhD. Within the master's program, students may choose from a sub-plan in religions in antiquity, Greek, Latin, or classics. Within the PhD program, students may choose to pursue a sub-plan in classics or religions in antiquity.

Although most students emphasize one of these areas, we view Classical and Near Eastern studies as an integrated and coherent discipline. CNES graduate students are strongly encouraged to adopt a broad interdisciplinary approach by taking courses and serving as teaching and research assistants across the entire range of the department’s offerings.

Our programs emphasize skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, analysis, and research. Students emerge from our program with an enhanced vocabulary, effective communication skills, and an extensive knowledge of the history of these ancient classical cultures. Our graduates hold a variety of positions in post-secondary education and research.

CNES welcomes diversity in all its forms (gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, economic background, geographic origin, and religion) and works to reflect it in our faculty, staff, and student body. We think this diversity is a strength and crucial to the study of the ancient world. In our study of the ancient world, we do not privilege one religion over another but work to understand the full scope of religious and cultural activity across the centuries of the Ancient Mediterranean world. 

CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.