The Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA or “The Group”) offers
a two-stage integrated master’s and doctoral program (MA/PhD) in areas that combine work in history,
archaeology, and related disciplines of ancient studies. Its faculty includes over twenty members affiliated
with one or more of the following departments:
• Graduate Theological Union
• History of Art
• Near Eastern Studies
The Group is committed to offering a wide-ranging, high-level graduate education that bridges the
Mediterranean World and the Ancient Near East; combines different methodological approaches; and draws
on diverse bodies of evidence: literary, epigraphic, numismatic, archaeological, and visual. In an
increasingly tight and competitive academic employment market, it grooms its students to teach, research,
and publish to international standards across these areas. Most of its graduates have successfully secured
positions in Departments of Classics, Art History, History, Anthropology, or Near Eastern Studies at
colleges and universities in the U.S. or abroad.
Students are not admitted to work specifically for the MA degree, although those working toward the PhD
may file for an MA after fulfillment of the requirements for Stage I. Students work closely with faculty in
courses, seminars, and independent research projects to develop independent thought as well as a thorough
knowledge of their fields and their critical methods.
All requirements for the PhD degree (from entrance with either a B.A. or an MA to completion of the
dissertation) should be concluded within a period of seven years. For a summary presentation of these
requirements, see Appendix 9.