The M.A. degree in ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian studies is awarded to students who have completed at least 32 points of graduate work (a minimum of 24 points in residence at New York University) in consultation with a major field adviser. With the approval of the director of graduate studies, students may take courses anywhere in the University that contribute to a cogent program in their fields and that fulfill degree requirements. Students most frequently take courses in the Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Classics, the Institute of Fine Arts and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
Language requirements include two years of one ancient Near Eastern language for students with specialization in textual evidence, or one year of one language for students with an archaeology specialization. Either French or German is also required, with the agreement of the student’s primary adviser. Students may complete the master’s degree by either (1) taking a major field subject area exam to be given and evaluated by the principal adviser and one other faculty member or (2) writing a master’s thesis. The topic of the thesis must be approved in advance by the principal adviser, and the completed thesis must be read and approved by that adviser and one other reader.