Center for Medieval Studies Fordham University

Center for Medieval Studies Fordham University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 4
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Fordham's Distinguished Graduate Program in Medieval Studies Offers a Cross-Disciplinary M.A. Degree

The integrated, interdisciplinary approach of Fordham University's master's degree in medieval studies program is a natural extension of Fordham's Jesuit roots of scholarly research and a commitment to the continuing exploration of this crucial historical period.

The world-class graduate program in New York City has attracted leading medieval experts and scholars, the highest caliber graduate students from around the world, and the ongoing cross-disciplinary collaboration of professors from other departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).

Medieval studies focuses on the middle ages of European history, an era that spanned roughly 1,000 years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century to the beginning of the Early Modern Period in the 16th century.

The M.A. degree in Medieval Studies curriculum consists of core courses specifically designed for medieval studies as well as cross-disciplinary courses taught by faculty experts from other departments of the GSAS, which include art and music history, classics, English, history, Romance languages and literature (French, German, Italian, and Spanish), philosophy, political science, and theology.

Explore All Facets of Medieval Studies --Patristic Studies, Romance Languages, and Women in Medieval History

The cross-disciplinary curriculum is designed to give graduate students comprehensive understanding of the influential factors of the medieval era. The curriculum includes courses about women in medieval history such as "Medieval Women and Family," and "Women in Medieval Religious Life." Other courses address the study of Ecclesiastical Latin and the 6th century writings of St. Maximus the Confessor, a major scholar of Greek patristic studies. Still other courses explore how the chivalric quest influenced the romance and chronicle literary genres.

Medieval Studies Graduate Program Emphasizes Research Skills at Fordham University in New York City

Whether it's examining primary documents or managing databases, graduate students develop strong research skills that are central to their medieval studies success. Fordham's Center for Medieval Studies, located in NYC, is known worldwide for the excellence of its research and the extensive medieval resources and databases at the university's Walsh Library.

Definitive databases include the encyclopedic "International Medieval Bibliography" with over 300,000 records of journal articles and books related to the Middle Ages published since 1967; full texts from "Parliament Rolls of Medieval England;" "Index of Christian Art," full text information on over 23,000 works of art from Apostolic times to 1400 A.D.; over 9,000,000 documents of "The National Archives of England, Wales and the United Kingdom;" and the definitive "Middle English Compendium" which contains such resources as the Middle English Dictionary and full texts of Middle English literature.

With the creation of its ever-expanding "Internet Medieval Sourcebook," the center has made a significant online contribution to promoting the study and teaching of medieval Europe. The sourcebook is a leading example of Fordham University's international reputation as a top research university.

Fordham's Medieval Studies Students Research and Write Definitive Master's Theses

Students' recent master's theses addressed such topics as: "Wealth and Status in Pre-Plague London: A Prosopography of the 1319 Lay Subsidy Taxpayers"; "Christian Chic and Roman Refinement: The Fourth Century Romano-British Villa Mosaics at Hinton St. Mary"; "The Unity of Augustine's Search for True Happiness in The Confessions"; and "The Tangibility of Talk: Witness Testimony in the Canonization Proceeding of Peter of Luxembourg".

Whether there's a focus on Romance languages, patristic studies, women in medieval history, or another facet of the era, Fordham University, located in New York City, is a top destination for those undertaking the Master of Arts in Medieval Studies degree program.

Fordham's Center for Medieval Studies Hosts Conferences and Graduate Student Workshops

Since 1981, the Center for Medieval Studies has hosted highly anticipated conferences every year. Recent conferences focused on: "Putting England in Its Place: Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages " (March, 2013); "Think Romance, Re-Conceptualizing a Medieval Genre" (March, 2012); "The Metaphysics of Aquinas and Its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives" (March, 2011); and "Orthodox Constructions of the West " (June, 2010).

The Center for Medieval Studies also sponsors graduate student workshops for students seeking career and professional advice. Special series have included the "Teaching the Middle Ages" series and the "Mammon and Me" series where past graduates discuss non-university professions open to those with M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the humanities.

An Independent University in the Jesuit Tradition

Fordham University is an independent university in the Jesuit tradition with campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan's Lincoln Center, West Harrison in Westchester County, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, New York. Fordham is committed to the discovery of wisdom and the transmission of learning, through research and through undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality. Guided by its Catholic and Jesuit traditions, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral, and religious development of its students and prepares them for leadership in a global society.

Location & Contact

Center for Medieval Studies

Fordham University

441 East Fordham Road
New York, NY 10458
United States

Dr. Susanne Hafner


Phone: 718-817-4655

Ms. Bernadette Valentino-Morrison

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-817-4419
Fax: 718-817-3566

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Medieval And Renaissance Studies Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * 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? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


80% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 20
    • Accepted 16
    • Acceptance Rate 80
    • Enrolled 7
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $70
    • Application Fee - International $70
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 4th Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 650 paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 4
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assitantships, Tuition Waivers, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students25
    • Part-time Percentage56%
    • Full-time Percentage44%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian78%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMedieval literature, history, philosophy, theology, and fine arts; Anglo-Norman
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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