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Near Eastern Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
    Duration

About

  • The graduate program in Near Eastern is designed to help students acquaint themselves with the fundamental elements of these cultures, and also to acquire a high degree of specialization in one or more of the following areas: ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology); Arabic literature; biblical studies; early Christianity; Hebrew literature; Islamic studies; Judaic studies; and the modern Middle East.
  • Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are expected to demonstrate mastery in the language or languages of the main texts that are directly related to the topic of their dissertations. Students are advised to determine early in their training the special field of their concentration and to consult their advisors about linguistic requirements.
  • Before the end of the sixth term of graduate study, each Ph.D. degree candidate must demonstrate competence in reading scholarly secondary materials in two of the following languages, chosen in consultation with their committee chair: French, German, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Candidates for the master's degree must demonstrate competence in one of those languages at least one term before the degree is awarded.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

The Graduate Field of Near Eastern studies emphasizes the languages, literatures, history, cultures and societies of the Near East. It is designed to help doctoral students acquaint themselves with the fundamental elements of these cultures and societies, and also to acquire a high degree of specialization in one or more of the following areas: 

  • the ancient Near East;
  •  archaeology; 
  • Arabic literature; 
  • biblical studies;
  •  early Christianity; Hebrew literature;
  •  Islamic studies;
  •  Judaic studies;
  •  and the modern Middle East.  

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are expected to demonstrate mastery in the language or languages of the main texts that are directly related to the topic of their dissertations. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • at least two years of study in one Near Eastern language
  • a writing sample of approximately 25 pages

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    29500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29500 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Ithaca

  • 1128 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

All Near Eastern Studies doctoral students studying on campus receive Cornell University Fellowships (referred to as Sage Fellowships or Cornell Fellowships depending on the field of study).  These fellowships include full tuition, a nine-month stipend and Cornell individual student health insurance.  A summer stipend may also be provided to students.

Cornell University Fellowships are awarded at the time of admission. Prospective students apply for fellowships on the admissions application.  

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