The MA degree in Ancient Near Eastern & Egyptian Studies is designed for students who have not had the opportunity to study these academic fields intensely and are thus insufficiently prepared to enter a doctoral program directly. The program aims to give students the necessary background and to help them determine whether they have the interest and aptitude to undertake a career in the field.
For information about admissions to our graduate programs please visit our Graduate Admissions Page.
32 point of coursework must be successfully completed. Courses will be selected in consultation with a major field adviser.
Courses will include the study of an ancient language, normally Akkadian, Egyptian, or Ugaritic. Two years of language study are required for students with specializations in areas based primarily on textual evidence; one year is required for students specializing in art and archaeology.
Students must pass a reading examination in either French or German. The choice of language must be with the agreement of the student’s primary adviser.
Master's Exam or Thesis
Students may complete the degree by either (1) taking a major field area exam to be given and evaluated by the principal adviser and one other faculty member, or (2) by writing a master's thesis, the topic of which must be approved in advance by the principal adviser, with the final manuscript being read and approved by that adviser and by one other reader. Both requirements are most often fulfilled during the second year.
For more information please visit the Ancient and Near Eastern Studies Website.