Participants and Admission

Applications: Number of Applicants, Criteria, and Selection Procedure


Categories of Candidates for the MA:

Eligible Applicants:
  1. Graduates of higher education institutions – BA holders from Universities and Technical Universities in Greece or similar institutions abroad.
  2. Graduates – BA holders from foreign universities, provided the institution of origin is listed in the National Register of Recognized Institutions of foreign countries, and its degree type is included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognized Institutions, as posted on the website of the D.O.A.T.A.P.

Number of Applicants and Application Procedure:

The maximum number of students admitted to the programme per year is thirty (30) postgraduate students, with ten (10) per specialization and a minimum of twelve (12), including at least four (4) per specialization. If this number is not met, the specialization in question will not operate. The official announcement of the application procedure is made by the School’s Assembly in May of each year and is posted on the School’s website. The announcement includes admission requirements, graduate categories, maximum and minimum applicant numbers, admission procedures, selection criteria, syllabus, and indicative bibliography of the courses to be examined in the MA specializations. Examinations are foreseen, and the announcement also provides dates for examinations and the grading procedure. Language proficiency prerequisites include certified knowledge of a foreign language (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) at level C1. Foreign candidates must submit a certificate of proficiency in Greek or a certificate of at least B2 level as a prerequisite for admission to a Master’s degree programme. Applications and the accompanying qualification files of candidates are submitted in paper form to the School’s Secretariat between September 1 and 15 each year. The application form should specify the specialization of the MA the candidate wishes to pursue. In addition to the curriculum vitae, the qualification dossier should include an official detailed grades form, certification of foreign language proficiency, evidence of attendance at scientific conferences, research experience, and publications that the candidate can present and justify to the Committee.

The selection criteria for candidates are as follows:

(a) Degree/Diploma level, supported by a document from the Secretariat (40%). (b) The academic record of the candidate, as indicated by the transcript of records: Analytical marks in undergraduate courses with a high ECTS weighting and relevance to the subject matter of the MA, and the chosen specialization (10%); additional languages (5%); publications/research experience (5%). (c) Interview and successful oral examination in the subjects of each specialization (≥6/10) conducted by a three-member committee appointed by the School’s Assembly. The interview-examination grade contributes 15% for the specializations of Ancient Greek and Roman History and Byzantine and Medieval History, and 40% for the specialization of Modern and Contemporary History. The marks of the oral examination are expressed in whole numbers. (d) Successful written examination (≥6/10) in the translation and historical commentary of written sources related to the specializations of Ancient Greek and Roman History, as well as Byzantine and Medieval History. This examination is conducted by a three-member committee appointed by the School’s Assembly (25%). The marks of the written examination are expressed in whole numbers. A recalibration of the written examination is possible if there is a difference of three or more points between two examiners (markers).  

Selection Procedure:

The selection process of candidates, as decided by the School’s Assembly, is overseen by the Coordinating Committee of the MA. The Committee compiles a comprehensive list of all candidates and, following a thorough review, excludes those who do not meet the minimum formal criteria established by the School. Subsequently, it invites qualified candidates who have fulfilled the prerequisites to participate in a written examination and/or an interview and oral examination, depending on the specialization. In the case of an oral examination, an individual record sheet is maintained to document the candidate’s performance. Upon completion of the process, the final list of successful candidates is generated. In the event of a tie or a difference of less than or equal to half a point (0.5) from the score of the last successful candidate, it is possible to exceed the number of successful candidates per specialization, provided that the total admissions to the programme do not surpass the maximum number specified in the founding act of the MA (30). The announcement of results complies with the provisions on the protection of personal data. Within two (2) working days of the provisional results’ announcement, candidates retain the right to file an appeal against the list of successful candidates. The Steering Committee will review the appeal and communicate its decision within two (2) working days at the latest. The final list of successful candidates and any runners-up, confirmed by the Assembly of the School, is posted on the Secretariat’s Notice Board and on the MA’s website. Failure to register within the specified deadline is considered a refusal to accept the position, and it is then filled by the next successful candidate.