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Classics Certificate

Offered by Columbia University’s Department of Classics and the School of Professional Studies, the rigorous Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics program provides inquisitive and driven college graduates with the opportunity to advance their knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin.

Providing comprehensive training in the classical languages, the program is designed primarily for students who would like to prepare for graduate-level study or careers in classics or related disciplines such as ancient history, art and archaeology, philosophy, religion, and medieval studies.

Applicants admitted to the program have generally completed prior coursework in ancient Greek or Latin. On occasion, the program has admitted students with different academic backgrounds. The program’s flexible schedule allows students to advance their education at their preferred pace.

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$2500 Potential fellowship funds from SPS for research or fieldwork
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8 Courses total
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300,000 In the Global Network you join as a Columbia grad

Prepare for a Top Tier Graduate School

Students who have excelled in the program have been accepted into elite M.A. and Ph.D. programs at institutions including:

  • Brown

  • Cambridge

  • Columbia

  • N.Y.U. 

  • Oxford

  • Princeton

  • University of California at Berkeley

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Michigan

  • Yale   

Program Details
Certificate Options Application Requirements Course Format Time Commitment
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics (Part-Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent

Part-time students can complete the program in four or more semesters.

8 courses in total.

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Classics (Full-Time)

Bachelor’s or equivalent

Students can complete the required coursework in two or three semesters of full-time study.

8 courses in total.

Advance knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin and prepare for graduate-level study or a career change.


Who should apply:
  • Students who would like to prepare for graduate-level study or careers in classics or related disciplines such as ancient history, art and archaeology, philosophy, religion, or medieval studies.
Lifelong benefits you receive as a Columbia graduate:
  • Access to a world-renowned system of libraries
  • A Columbia email address
  • Membership in a network of Columbia students, faculty and alumni

International Students: Qualifies students on an F1 Visa to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of the certificate.

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* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.

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This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $24,697 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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