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Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 65%35%
    student ratio
  • 20
    total students
  • $36,660 | $36,660
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 3
    fall application deadline
  • 25%
    acceptance rate
  • 2 Degrees
    degrees offered


Bryn Mawr Provides Interdepartmental Seminars, a Student Symposium, and Internship Opportunities for Graduate Students

An integral component of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art is the interdepartmental seminar series that is co-taught by faculty in two or three departments, including the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. During the interdepartmental seminars, students and faculty share critical approaches and knowledge of their disciplines with those in other related fields within the graduate group. Students in the group also receive opportunities for curatorial internships, as Bryn Mawr College partners with five other institutions in the Philadelphia area. These organizations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Curatorial internships give graduate students the opportunity to work with Bryn Mawr Collections, as well as the resources and specialized expertise of other institutions. The biennial Graduate Student Symposium is another unique and valuable collaborative endeavor of the graduate group. The Graduate Student Symposium is primarily planned and implemented by the students, and the venture attracts graduate students from throughout the United States and other countries.

During the symposium, papers are presented on interdisciplinary themes. In addition to participating in interdepartmental seminars, students can take part in multidisciplinary study by attending courses in an associated graduate group department or by completing independent studies with faculty members in other departments. This multidisciplinary approach allows graduates in classical and Near Eastern archaeology to enhance their professional options.

Students May Focus on the Art and Archaeology of the Greek and Roman World or the Ancient Near East

The Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology offers a graduate program in archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. The department is within the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. The program provides graduate students two fields of concentration: the art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman world and its Mediterranean predecessor; and the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East.

These art and archaeology fields may be combined with allied subjects. Choices of allied subjects are ancient languages, ancient history, art history, anthropology, or a related science. The departments that fall with the graduate group share a notable history and national reputation for excellence. Interdisciplinary study is supported by the faculty, so students in the classics and Near Eastern archaeology department work with those studying in related areas.

The graduate program in archaeology emphasizes both broad and in-depth study, enabling its graduates to succeed in various fields, such as the academic, research, and publishing arenas. They are also prepared for careers in museums and foundations. First-year students are required to attend a Graduate Intensive Survey that provides an overview of topics covered in the department. The graduate adviser creates a plan of study that allows the student a range of training in addition to specialized work. Depending upon chosen fields, students will usually complete an appropriate language study too.

Shared Scholarly Resources and Research Facilities Provide Advantage to Bryn Mawr Graduate Students

The three departments within the graduate group share scholarly resources and research facilities, though each department has designed its own programs leading to M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The Center for Visual Culture serves as a cross-disciplinary source for research and dialogue within the graduate group. The center's weekly discussions, scheduled lectures, and events encompass the areas of archaeology, the history of art, and classics, yet also extend to visual imagery in other subjects.

A central research facility is the Rhys Carpenter Library, a dedicated art and archaeology library. The facility maintains an estimated 125,000 volumes and 500 periodical titles to support student and faculty research in archaeology, history of art, classics, and urban studies. Additional research materials are also accessible in the college's main library. The archaeological collection has been built since the college's founding and is a global research resource for archaeological scholars.

The department's hands-on research facilities are the fieldwork sites that serve as the training grounds for graduate students. Future opportunities are anticipated for students to participate in field projects in Greece or the Near East. Students also may join in excavations sponsored by other institutions. Bryn Mawr has a cooperative arrangement with the University of Philadelphia and Temple University so students may also experience their academics, research facilities, and archeological collections.

Location & Contact

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Dr. Alice Donohue


Phone: 610-526-5345

Mrs. Maria Dantis

Administrative Assistant to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Phone: 610-526-5074

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Archaeology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 0
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 0
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees 2 and Required
    • Doctoral Degrees 3, Required and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


25% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28
    • Accepted 7
    • Acceptance Rate 25
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$36,660
    • Out-of-state tuition *$36,660
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Female Percentage65%
    • Male Percentage35%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian84%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty5
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%




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