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2022 Best Classical Languages & Literature Master's Degree Schools

39 Colleges in the United States
174 Master's Degrees
You'll be studying one of the lesser sought-after majors if you pursue a Master's Degree in classical languages and literature. It is ranked #199 out of 326 major degree programs in terms of popularity. As such, your educational options may be more limited than if you were in a more popular field.

College Factual reviewed 39 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for master's degree seekers in the field of classical languages and literature. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 174 master's degrees in classical languages and literature during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Classical Languages & Literature School for Your Master's Degree

Best Classical Languages & Literature Master's Degree Schools Your choice of classical languages and literature for getting your master's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 148 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on classical languages and literature students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of classical languages and literature students who choose to seek a master's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt classical languages and literature students go into to obtain their master's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized classical languages and literature related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for classical languages and literature students working on their master's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Classical Languages & Literature Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Classical Languages & Literature in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for classical languages and literature students seeking a a master's degree.

10 Top Schools for a Master's in Classical Languages

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
3 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a great option for students pursuing a master's degree in classical languages and literature. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

University of Notre Dame is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States with approximately 3 graduates in the most recent data year.

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8 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in classical languages and literature has to check out Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #21 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were approximately 8 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
2 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in classical languages and literature needs to look into Villanova University. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova. This university ranks 3rd out of 75 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Pennsylvania.

There were approximately 2 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Villanova in the most recent data year.

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#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
2 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Boston College if you want to pursue a master's degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #43 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Boston College is a great college overall.

Boston College is a fairly popular college to study classical languages in the United States with approximately 2 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States with about 2 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, RI
2 Annual Graduates

Brown is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Providence. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #29 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were roughly 2 classical languages and literature students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
5 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham. This university ranks 13th out of 49 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

There were about 5 classical languages and literature individuals who graduated with this degree at Brandeis in the most recent data year.

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3 Annual Graduates

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #33 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means University of Virginia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 3 classical languages and literature individuals who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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#9

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
4 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

Cornell University is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States with roughly 4 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

New York University

New York, NY
2 Annual Graduates

NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #40 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means NYU is a great university overall.

With 2 students who graduated from this program in the most recent data year, New York University is one of the most popular universities to study classical languages in the United States.

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Classical Languages & Literature by Region

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One of 17 majors within the Foreign Languages & Linguistics area of study, Classical Languages & Literature has other similar majors worth exploring.

Classical Languages Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
General Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics 153
Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 14
Latin Language & Literature 5
Ancient/Classical Greek Language & Literature 2

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,133
Romance Languages 1,098
East Asian Languages 145
American Sign Language 112
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 92
Germanic Languages 86
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 48
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 39
Second Language Learning 23
Native American Languages 12

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard). More about our data sources and methodologies.

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