Where can this degree take me?
Alumni from this program generally go on to do further academic work in either another master’s program or a doctoral program. Graduates of the MA / ARC have been admitted to many top-tier doctoral programs both nationally and abroad. While less common, this degree would also be an excellent complement to an MDiv for someone who wishes to academically augment their pastoral ministry. Additionally, this degree qualifies students to teach Bible in Christian secondary schools and some Christian colleges.
What will I study?
The capstone experience for MA / ARC students is participation in archaeological fieldwork in the Middle East. Your coursework will include the following:
All MA / ARC students must complete a field education requirement. Learn more about field ed here.
What are the prerequisites for admission to this program?
In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:
- An undergraduate major or its equivalent in Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages.
- An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) required if your GPA is less than 3.0
Your undergraduate work needs to include 6 hours of undergrad Hebrew (with a satisfactory score on our Hebrew Proficiency Exam) and 12 hours of undergrad Bible and/or Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies courses (beginning languages are not considered Bible courses).