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Grad School / Program:

  • Contact:
  • 7233 Dwinelle Hall #2520
    University of California-Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720
    United States

  • Degrees Granted:
  • Masters, Doctorate

  • Programs offered:
  • On-campus

  • Description:
  • The University of California at Berkeley offers an interdisciplinary program of graduate study in Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Archaeology. The AHMA program is conducted by an inter- disciplinary Group that includes more than thirty faculty members affiliated with seven different departments and the Graduate Theological Union. A Chair, a Graduate Advisor, and Student Affairs Officers take responsibility for administration.

    The program offers MA and PhD degrees in areas that combine work in archaeology and history and related disciplines of ancient studies. Most graduates of the AHMA program have successfully secured teaching positions in Departments of Classics, Art History, History, Anthropology or Near Eastern Studies in a number of different colleges and universities in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Admission Information:
  • The AHMA program is open to students with a BA degree in a relevant field of study (such as Classics, Near Eastern Studies, History, or Art History) who have completed a Minimum of one year of undergraduate work in ancient history, ancient art, or archaeology. Students who have acquired the MA degree in a relevant field will be considered for direct admission to the PhD program. Study of ancient culture(s) and training in ancient languages are prerequisites for admission. Applicants should be prepared to undertake advanced work in at least one ancient language and culture. Some background in a second ancient language is desirable. These requirements may be modified in cases of students with unusual promise.

    Admission is only for the fall semester. We strongly encourage you to submit your application electronically through the Graduate Division's online application accessible from or from the link from the AHMA web site.

  • Financial Aids:
  • The AHMA program makes every effort to support students throughout their graduate career, provided they continue to make good progress towards their degree(s). Entering students are eligible to compete for a number of university-wide fellowships. Usually only the top three or four entering students can be offered support, in various three or four year packages. The recipients of such packages are also regularly supported by additional fellowships and graduate student instructorships (teaching assistantships) right through to the Ph.D., provided they make good progress. If any of the highest-ranked candidates win external funding or choose to study elsewhere, support is offered to other candidates in ranked order. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to external programs, such as the Mellon Fellowship Program, Danforth Foundation and Javits Fellowship Program (your undergraduate institution and department should be able to provide you with information about such programs).

    Available awards for continuing students include resident fellowships, travelling fellowships, extramural fellowships, and dissertation fellowships. Students in the Group are also eligible to compete for Graduate Student Instructorships in a number of different departments, including Classics, History, Near Eastern Studies and Art History, as well as in different programs such as Religious Studies or Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, which offers western civilization courses. Graduate Student Instructorships are rarely awarded in the first year of graduate study.

    Financial aid may also take the form of Research Assistantships (collaboration in the work of a particular faculty member) or Readerships (marking papers in a particular course. Such appointments depend upon the recommendation of individual faculty members.

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