MA Degree Requirements

All MA degrees require the completion of 30 credits, including CNRS 500 and CNRS 549 (a six-credit thesis), demonstrated competence in one modern language, and two subject-specific comprehensive exams. All courses are normally at the 500 level, but up to 6 credits may come from 300- and 400- level undergraduate offerings within the Department or graduate offerings from other departments, but not both.

Students may choose courses according to the following regulations, and are strongly encouraged to do so in consultation with their Graduate Advisor, to ensure all program requirements are met.

  • MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity: courses may come from any of the department’s course codes.
  • MA in Classics: at least 12 credits at the 500 level must be in courses in GREK and LATN.
  • MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology: at least 12 credits at the 500 level must be in courses in CLST and NEST, and must have completed the archaeological fieldwork requirement.
  • MA in Religious Studies: at least 12 credits at the 500 level must be in courses in RELG, HEBR, and/or ARBC. For students wishing to specialize in Asian religions, up to 6 of these credits may come from relevant courses in Asian Studies (ASIA). Such courses must be approved in advance of registration by the Religious Studies Committee.

Additionally, all MA candidates must have completed, before the end of their program, at least three years’ study (18 credits or equivalent) in Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, or Classical Arabic (minimum grade: B-/68%). Any courses taken to satisfy this requirement do not count toward the 30 credits of coursework required by the program.

Students in the MA in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity, the MA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and the MA in Religious Studies may substitute up to 6 credits in Akkadian, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic, or another relevant ancient Near Eastern language towards this requirement. Students intending to pursue doctoral degrees are advised that more languages are typically required for admission, and that these minimum standards may not be sufficient.