M.A. in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures
Students on the master of arts level may specialize in Ancient Near Eastern studies (ANE) or Christian Near Eastern studies (CNE). The masters degree requires 30 hours of course work, competence in scholarly writing (though no thesis is required), and demonstrated competence in French or German. Under ordinary circumstances the masters degree, including the requisite comprehensive examinations, can be completed in two years.
MA students choose two primary research languages and generally do coursework in additional languages as well. ANE students usually specialize in Aramaic and Hebrew, while CNE students specialize in Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic or Syriac. The ANE program offers Akkadian, Ugaritic, as well as extensive coursework in Aramaic (Old, Official, Qumran, Targumic) and Hebrew (Epigraphic, Qumran, Mishnaic). Students interested in doing further graduate work in biblical studies can take courses in classical and biblical Greek. In the CNE program, students may also take Armenian, Georgian, and South Arabian. Courses beyond the elementary level count toward the 30-hour degree requirement.