PhD Program in Archaeology

The PhD in Archaeology is a program for students who have received an MA in Archaeology (or an equivalent field) from outside MU. It focuses on the material culture of ancient Greece and Rome and is designed to prepare students for academic careers in Archaeology and related fields at the college/university level.

Expected time to degree: 4 years.

A year of study at an outside institution (such as the American School of Classical Studies at Athens) is recommended for students at the PhD level and may add to their time-to-degree.

General Requirements

  • 72 total credit hours at the graduate (7000+) level, of which up to 30 transferred from MA
  • 15 hours must be taken at the seminar (8000+) level
  • Two 9-hour semesters or three 6-hour semesters in 18-month period in residence at MU

N.B. Graduate students receiving financial support in the form of full-time (.5) assistantships are expected to register for 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework per semester until they pass their PhD comprehensive examinations. Thereafter, they may maintain “continuous enrollment” by enrolling in AMS 9090: Doctoral Dissertation Research (for credit 2 hours every Fall and Spring semester, 1 hour every Summer semester) until they complete the PhD degree.

Program-Specific Minimums & Requirements

Credit Hours

  • min. 18 hours (= 6 classes) in Archaeology, of which 9 (= 3 classes) at the seminar level
  • min. 6 hours (= 2 classes) in AMS Language/Literature coursework

Coursework

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AMS 7000: Introduction to Graduate Study

1 credit hour class required of all first-year AMS graduate students.

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Languages

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Intermediate proficiency in Greek and Latin

Proficiency must be demonstrated (by exam, coursework, or the equivalent) in both languages.

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Reading proficiency in a second modern foreign language (e.g., French, German, or Italian)

It is expected that candidates will have demonstrated proficiency in a modern foreign language at the MA level before entering the PhD program. Proficiency in a second modern foreign language must be demonstrated (by exam, coursework, or the equivalent) by the end of their first year of PhD study.

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Committee, Examinations, and Thesis

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Formation of Doctoral Program Committee

By the beginning of their second semester of PhD work, candidates are expected to form a Doctoral Program Committee (DPC) in consultation with the director of graduate studies. This committee consists of one chair (from AMS), two members (from AMS), and at least one outside member (from outside AMS). It advises the candidate on coursework, comprehensive examinations, and doctoral thesis work at the PhD level.

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PhD Comprehensive Examinations

It is expected that candidates, having completed all course and language requirements, will take Comprehensive Examinations by the end of their second year in the program or, at the latest, the beginning of the third. The Comprehensive Exams consist of three exams, which are written and then defended by oral examination: 1) Major Area; 2) Minor Area; 3) Special Topic. The content, format, and scheduling of these exams are arranged by the student in consultation with their DPC. Successful completion of these exams makes the candidate eligible to move on to the doctoral thesis-writing stage. It is expected that students will schedule a meeting with the DPC to discuss their plans for their dissertation thesis within a month of the completion of the comprehensive exams.

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PhD Thesis

The PhD Thesis (or Doctoral Dissertation) is a substantial piece of scholarly writing that usually takes PhD candidates about two years to complete. Once the candidate has completed the dissertation and the DPC approves its defense, an oral defense of the thesis is scheduled.

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PhD Thesis Defense
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