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2023 Best Classical Languages & Literature Master's Degree Schools

36 Colleges in the United States
217 Master's Degrees
Classical Languages & Literature is about average in terms of popularity for master's degrees programs. That is, it ranks #200 out of the 343 majors across the country that we analyze each year. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 36 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for classical languages and literature students pursuing a master's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 217 master's degrees in classical languages and literature during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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 good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges 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

Learn about 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

18 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a master's degree in classical languages and literature needs to take a look at Columbia University in the City of New York. Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from Columbia University in the City of New York

#2

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN
5 Annual Graduates

University of Notre Dame is a good decision for individuals pursuing a master's degree in classical languages and literature. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from University of Notre Dame

#3

Tufts University

Medford, MA
2 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat Tufts University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in classical languages and literature. Located in the large suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from Tufts University

#4

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
12 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in classical languages and literature needs to check out Florida State University. Florida State is a very large public university located in the city of Tallahassee.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from Florida State University

#5

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
13 Annual Graduates

Villanova is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Villanova.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from Villanova University

2 Annual Graduates

Located in the small suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from University of Virginia - Main Campus

3 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from University of California - Berkeley

#8

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
5 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Waltham.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from Brandeis University

1 Annual Graduates

UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from University of California - Los Angeles

4 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in classical languages and literature from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Classical Languages & Literature by Region

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Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
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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 172
Classics & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics, Other 32
Latin Language & Literature 11
Ancient/Classical Greek Language & Literature 2

Related Major Annual Graduates
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 1,167
Romance Languages 975
East Asian Languages 143
American Sign Language 112
Germanic Languages 88
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 88
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 49
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 26
South Asian Languages 19
Second Language Learning 19

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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