Medieval Studies

Fordham University

12 months
1442 USD/credit
1442 USD/credit
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The Medieval Studies master's degree at Fordham University  appeals to those interested in a broader spectrum of medieval subjects than is available within a specific discipline. Its 30-credit requirement allows the serious student to complete course work in one year of full-time study. 


The University offers graduate assistantships and fellowships to a limited number of students.

Embracing the full sweep of artistic, literary, scholastic and cultural issues that make medieval civilization such a rich field of study, the degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty in the departments of art and music history, classics, English, history, modern languages and literature (French, German, Italian, and Spanish), philosophy, political science, and theology. Each year the Center offers several specifically interdisciplinary courses that bring together specialists in different fields, on the assumption that our understanding and appreciation of medieval civilization is particularly enriched by a multi-disciplinary perspective. Technical preparation is key to these interdisciplinary studies, so the graduate program emphasizes diverse research skills that range from examining primary documents to creating and managing databases.

About the program

The Medieval Studies program at Fordham University  is administered through its Director and through the Center for Medieval Studies, located at the Rose Hill campus. The Center houses a small library and discussion area available to students. The main University library is especially strong in its medieval holdings. Fordham's location in New York City affords easy access to other major libraries (such as the Pierpont Morgan Library and the New York Public Library), museums (for example, The Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), and other institutions of higher learning. A University-operated campus shuttle makes regular trips between the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses throughout the day and evening.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Two Medieval Studies courses (with a MVST prefix); these are deliberately interdisciplinary courses. At least one MVST course a year is team-taught.
  • One History course (with a HIST prefix).
  • Two courses in Concentration I (can be disciplinary, such as two English courses or two History or two Art History courses, or thematic, such as two courses in Manuscript Studies (for example, one MVST and one ENGL) or Scholasticism (one in PHIL and one in THEO) or Mysticism (one in ENGL and one in THEO) to name only some of the possible combinations).
  • Two courses in Concentration II (see above under Concentration I).
  • One to three electives, depending on choice and number of credits needed.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Application Review

  • Admission application is considered complete and ready for review only when it consists of your submitted online application and all required supplemental materials.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Provide all recommenders with at least one month’s advance notice to submit their recommendations. To facilitate this process, enter each recommender’s name and email address into the application as soon as you begin filling it out. They will be notified electronically of your request before you submit your application.

GRE Exams

  • GRE exams should be taken at least one month prior to the application deadline to ensure timely receipt of scores by GSAS Admissions. Our GRE school code is 2259.


Tuition Fee

  • International

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Medieval Studies
Fordham University