Archaeology Degree Requirements


An undergraduate major in archaeology or at least two courses in archaeology or ancient art combined with a major in history of art, anthropology, or ancient history. It is expected that students of classical archaeology will have a basic knowledge of Greek, Latin, Classics and ancient history, and a reading knowledge of German and French (or Italian). For students of Near Eastern archaeology, the prerequisites are ancient history and a reading knowledge of German and French (or Italian); some preliminary study of an ancient Near Eastern language is desirable. Each application is judged individually on its aims and soundness of preparation. All applicants must submit a recent research paper. The Graduate Record Examinations score submission is optional. Students are enrolled in the Ph.D. program (we do not offer terminal M.A. degrees).

Degree and Language Requirements

Program and Examination for the M.A.

  • Six units of work in the Department of Archaeology or in archaeology and an allied field;
  • completion of the Graduate Intensive Survey (ARCH B602 and 603)
  • passing grades in examinations for reading knowledge of German and another modern language relevant to the field (normally, French).
  • a master's thesis or two qualifying papers;
  • one hour of oral examination

M.A. is a prerequisite for the Ph.D. program and will normally take two years to complete.

Program and Examinations for the Ph.D.

After completion of the M.A. program, students continue to take seminars and supervised work in preparation for the preliminary examinations and the Ph.D. dissertation. A minimum number of twelve seminars is required for the completion of the Ph.D. degree. A program of study is designed for each individual student in consultation with the department. Four special fields of study (one of which may be an allied field) are prepared for the preliminary examinations. The examinations consist of four, four-hour papers and an oral examination. All graduate students are encouraged to spend their third or fourth year of graduate study abroad. Students in classical archaeology are advised to spend a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Students of Near Eastern archaeology are advised to attend a center of archaeological research in their area of concentration. Museums and fieldwork projects in Europe, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East should be visited in the course of the year(s) spent abroad. Participation in excavations under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College or other schools is arranged when possible.

The preliminary examinations are normally taken by the end of the third year of graduate study.

Additional Ph.D. Requirements

  • Completion of a GSem
  • Successful completion of graduate-level coursework in one ancient language