Hillsdale College

Graduate School of
Classical Education

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Program Overview

This program provides students with a broad philosophical, historical, literary, curricular, and pedagogical perspective on classical education.  Electives options include courses in educational leadership, the seven classical liberal arts, and other special topics courses.  While this master degree program does not presume to exhaust the subject of classical education or its relevant content, it does build a thorough, extensive, and foundational understanding upon which a lifetime of experience in classical education can be based.

Welcome, Prospective Students

The Fall 2024 semester marks the third year of Hillsdale College’s Master of Arts program in Classical Education. Though our program is still relatively new, the conception and formation of this enterprise have been the product of many years of preparation and care. The result of this effort is a graduate program that offers a rich and comprehensive course of study in classical education.

The standard coursework draws from great works of the Western tradition and provides students with opportunities to grow in their understanding of classical pedagogical practices. Whether you are interested in teaching, administration, or another area within the field of Classical Education, Hillsdale’s Master of Arts program in Classical Education is prepared to offer you a foundational, time-proven approach to your studies.

We welcome you to explore the information on this site as it provides details regarding Applications and Admissions, our Curriculum, the Financial Aid process, and profiles of our talented Graduate Faculty and Current Students. Should you encounter any questions or wish to visit Hillsdale College’s campus, please let us know. We value your interest and welcome your communication.


Application & Admissions

The Hillsdale College Master of Arts Degree in Classical Education is a professional program for those who wish to teach in, administer, or found classical schools as well as those who seek to deepen their understanding of the principles and practices of classical education. Like many other graduate, professional degrees, the program does not presume prior exposure to or formation in classical education or its related disciplines.

Applications for Fall 2025 Open August 15

For Fall 2025, applications submitted before August 15, 2024, are guaranteed full consideration and decisions will be sent out no later than February 1. Applications completed after December 15 may be considered, as circumstances warrant.

Applications will not be read by the admissions committee until all materials are received, though applicants may self-report GRE scores so that their applications can be considered unofficially. Offers of admission cannot be made until the arrival of the official score report.

Please email us classicalgrad@hillsdale.edu if you experience any technical difficulties that delay submitting your application.

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