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Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #4 (BCR) Berkeley, CA, United States
The AHMA program combines an open curriculum with rigorous examinations to produce innovative scholars fully trained in the technical skills necessary to become distinguished researchers and effective teachers.
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  • The program is distinguished by its commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient past, including the study of material culture, broadly construed, and interests in the ancient Near East as well as the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome.
  •  Prospective applicants to AHMA should also read, as relevant to their interests, about the separate programs in Anthropology, Classics, History, History of Art, and Near Eastern Studies in order to determine which program would best fit their interests.
  •  Despite the distinct programs, students in all of them combine to form a large and vibrant intellectual community, participating in many of the same seminars, attending the same events, and working with the same faculty.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • There is no prescribed course of study for the AHMA program and work is tailored to suit the interests and goals of the individual student, who should choose his or her courses in consultation and agreement with the Advisory Committee.
  •  Work in the ancient languages is an early and high priority, however, and students should plan to continue course work in languages already begun. Those who begin an ancient language after admission should plan to study that language continuously for at least their first two years in the program. In addition, students are expected to enroll in courses and seminars relevant to their developing areas of interest as they move through the program.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Successful applicants to the AHMA program are expected to be able to hit the ground running when they arrive at Berkeley. This means that they will have already acquired an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the relevant ancient languages, and reading knowledge of at least one relevant research language (French, German, modern Greek, Italian). 
  • They will also have taken upper-division undergraduate courses in their intended area of specialization. The brief writing sample, submitted with the online application, will demonstrate a thoughtful engagement with the primary and secondary sources of the topic in question, as well as analytical rigor and clear writing skills. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    33958 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16979 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    18856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9428 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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