Ph.D. in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
Students on the Ph.D. level generally continue from an M.A. degree in the department and progress in their primary languages. It is possible, however, to enter the program at the doctoral level. Competence in both French and German must be demonstrated. The coursework ordinarily is completed in one year after the M.A., and the student then takes another set of comprehensive examinations and prepares a dissertation. Examinations and dissertation follow the coursework, thus allowing the student to complete a doctorate in two or three years.
In the ancient Near Eastern program, students continue work on biblical texts and add familiarity with other languages, ancient and later. Occasionally students in the ancient program teach elementary biblical Hebrew.