24 months
58590 USD/year
58590 USD/year
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The M.A. degree in Early Christian Studies (ECS) at University of Notre Dame is a two-year interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the Departments of Classics and Theology, with the participation of faculty in several other departments.


The Early Christian Studies program at University of Notre Dame is designed to prepare beginning graduate students for the advanced study of early Christianity and late antiquity in various disciplines and areas of interest.

An Excellent Placement Record

85% of graduates from the Early Christian Studies Program have gone on to top-ranked Ph.D. programs. Among the universities where ECS alumni have earned doctoral degrees or are currently students are Berkeley, Brown, Columbia, Catholic University of America, Chicago, Duke, Marquette, New York University, Oxford, Princeton, Princeton Theological Seminary, UCLA, and, of course, Notre Dame. 

Graduates of the ECS program have entered doctoral programs in a large number of different fields of study, including Ancient History, Armenian Studies, Classics, Early Christianity, Historical Theology, History, History of Christianity, Late Antiquity, Literature, Liturgical Studies, Medieval Studies, Near Eastern Studies, New Testament, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Patristics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Syriac Studies, and Theology.

Programme Structure

A Rigorous and Flexible Curriculum:

  • The program is multidisciplinary in its course offerings but interdisciplinary in its basic orientation. It provides training in philology, theology, history, liturgy, art history and philosophy. 
  • In addition, students pursue advanced studies in at least two ancient languages relevant for early Christianity (typically, Latin and/or Greek and/or Syriac and/or Hebrew and/or Arabic). Each student develops a curriculum to meet individual needs in consultation with the director of the ECS program and other faculty advisers.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application Form: to be found here, and completed and submitted electronically

  • Statement of Intent: to be attached to your Online Application Form

  • Curriculum Vitae or Résumé: to be attached to your Online Application Form

  • Three Letters of Recommendation: to be submitted by the recommender via the online recommendation system associated with the online application

  • Application Fee: to be submitted via credit card, check, or money order using the payment system associated with the Online Application Form

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Tuition Fee

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    58590 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 58590 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    58590 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 58590 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for South Bend

885 - 1432 USD /month
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