The Catholic University of America

Certificate Admission

McMahon Hall  
Detail of the front portico of McMahon Hall, home of the Department of Greek and Latin (credit: CUA)

Applying for admission

If you have explored our certificate programs and are thinking about applying, you may want to consult our frequently-asked questions about the certificates to assist you in making your plans. Our advisers are always willing to meet with prospective students to discuss the department and your potential place within it; please feel free to contact them for a telephone conversation or in-person appointment.

Ready to apply right away? The admissions procedures for the certificate programs vary according to your affiliation with CUA. Please read about the timing of your application, and then follow the instructions under the header that best applies to your situation.

 


The timing of your application

  • If you are planning to complete a certificate in approximately a single calendar year of study, remember that any elementary- or intermediate-level "catch-up" work you may need in either language will begin during the summer, i.e. in mid-May. You will need to submit your application in time to complete any necessary language placement testing, schedule your coursework, and start classes. Please consult the certificate FAQs to learn more about language placement procedures.

    If you are applying on this timeline, it is strongly recommended that you send an email to the department chair at the time you submit your application. All you need do is identify yourself, notify the chair that you wish to be considered for admission to the certificate program, and list the date on which you submitted your application packet to CUA. This contact will assist the department in tracing your application through the university system.
  • If you have more than a year available to complete a certificate, you may apply at any time you wish, since CUA as an institution practices rolling admissions, and the Department of Greek and Latin will, with the assistance of its placement exams, advise you about the best time to begin taking courses. You may of course also feel free to maintain contact with the department both before and during the application process.

Now that you know more about when to apply, please consult the more detailed information about application requirements under the appropriate heading below.

For those who are not current CUA graduate students

The primary prerequisite for beginning a certificate program in the Department of Greek and Latin is a completed bachelor's degree in any field. Prior experience in Greek or Latin is not required. You may apply to a certificate program during your final year of undergraduate study.

Admission to the certificate programs for potential "classics postbac" students, for graduate students now enrolled or planning to enroll at universities other than CUA, and for interested members of the community at large is accomplished through the use of the CUA graduate application portal (do not worry about the graduate/doctorate reference on its homepage).  Once you have created your account and started your application in the portal, make sure to choose "Non-Degree" as your status.

To your completed Non-Degree Application, you will also need to add the following supplementary materials:

1. A 1000-word statement of purpose detailing your academic interests and goals, the sort of career in which you are now involved or that you hope to pursue, and the reasons that have led you to apply for a language certificate.

2. A resume or curriculum vitae.

3. A statement of your previous level of attainment in Greek and/or Latin, including a list (with approximate page counts or percentages of a whole work) of any literature you have read in the original. Even if you have studied a language at the elementary level, or if you have background in self-study or in high school, please list it and describe it as precisely as you can, naming your textbook(s) if possible.

4. A statement of the amount of calendar time you would plan to spend in pursuit of a certificate. Although there is no preference in admissions extended to one planned itinerary over another, it is important to the department's testing schedule to know whether you would aspire to complete your chosen program in approximately one calendar year (one or two summers + two semesters, all consecutive), or whether you would prefer to spread the coursework out more gradually. In order to present a preliminary plan, you may wish to consult the certificate curricula and the possible schedules for their completion.

5. A letter of recommendation from a university faculty member who is closely familiar with your prior academic work. If you are a member of the community with significant career experience (10+ years) in the workforce, a letter from a professional supervisor or colleague may be substituted.

6. OPTIONAL: You may also submit recent (last 3 years) scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if you have taken it. Please note that GRE scores are not required to support an application to a certificate program in the Department of Greek and Latin. If you do wish to submit them, however, CUA's GRE code is 5104.

7. OPTIONAL: You may establish your placement level in Latin by taking the winter/December administration of the Latin SAT II exam and having your score sent directly to CUA (CUA's SAT code is 5104). Students who elect to take the Latin SAT II do not need to take the department's Latin placement exam. However, only the winter/December testing date will produce scores in time for you to begin language studies during the following summer, if your score shows that elementary- or intermediate-level work is needed prior to your beginning certificate-eligible courses.

Latin SAT II scores are not employed in admissions decisions; they are used for language placement purposes only. Please note that if you choose this option, you must take the Latin SAT II during the academic year prior to entering a certificate program. Test scores from study in high school (Latin SAT II, IB, AP) cannot be accepted under any circumstances as placement instruments for applicants to certificate programs; high school scores are used in this department for undergraduate placement only.

If you miss the Latin SAT II date but apply to and are admitted to a certificate program requiring Latin, you may take the department's Latin placement exam instead. (The department's Greek placement exam is the only option for this language, since there is no SAT II test for Greek.)

Uploading these supplementary materials is always the easiest way to submit them.  But any Non-Degree Application materials submitted in hard copy should be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064

Phone: (202) 319-5057
Fax: (202) 319-6878
General email: cua-admissions@cua.edu

As stated above, it is strongly recommended that you send an email to the department chair at the time you submit your application, to assist in the tracking of your file.  Your application will be read by members of the faculty, and the results communicated to you as soon as possible. If you are accepted, you will then be contacted by the departmental certificate adviser in order to schedule language placement exams, if necessary, and plan your studies.

The departmental Non-Degree Application receipt deadline for all materials for those who plan to complete a certificate in approximately one calendar year of study (one or two summers + two semesters, all consecutive) is 5:00 PM on the last Friday in March. This is to ensure adequate time for language testing and planning for any necessary courses during the first summer of enrollment: elementary-level language work begins around mid-May for those in need of it.

If you are willing or able to take more than a calendar year to complete a certificate, your application can be considered on a rolling basis, and you may submit it at any time. Bear in mind, however, that you may need to begin your language work during a summer, and so it may be desirable to plan ahead.

Current CUA graduate students: adding a certificate to your degree program

If you are already a degree-seeking graduate student at CUA, your admission to a certificate program is based on a brief internal application.

Before initiating an application for a language certificate, please be certain to consult your own academic adviser about your plans. While the Department of Greek and Latin is pleased to discuss your linguistic goals with you, its advisers cannot assume responsibility for your degree progress, or for the relationship of Greek and Latin classes to the demands of your other coursework. All of your degree advising must be continued through your own department, program, or school.

To apply for a certificate program, please complete the Certificate Application for Current CUA Graduate Students, and enclose with it the following items:

1. A 500-word statement of purpose detailing your academic interests and goals, the sort of career you hope to pursue, and the reasons that have led you to apply for a language certificate.

2. A resume or curriculum vitae.

3. A copy of your CUA transcript (an unofficial printout from Cardinal Station will suffice).

4. A statement of your previous level of attainment in Greek and/or Latin, including a list (with approximate page counts or percentages of a whole work) of any literature you have read in the original. Even if you have studied a language at the elementary level, or if you have background in self-study or in high school, please list it and describe it as precisely as you can, naming your textbook(s) if possible.

Please submit your application to:

Certificate Program Applications
Department of Greek and Latin
205 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064

Your application file will be read by members of the faculty, and the results communicated to you as soon as possible. If you are accepted, you will then be contacted by the departmental certificate adviser in order to schedule language placement exams, if necessary, and plan your studies.

There is no admissions deadline for current CUA graduate students, who may apply for a certificate program at any point during their CUA careers. Bear in mind, however, that you may need to begin your language work during a summer, and so it may be desirable to plan ahead.