Early Christian Studies, M.A. | Catholic University of America | Washington, D. C., United States
24 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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This Early Christian Studies degree from Catholic University of America is an interdisciplinary graduate program. Although our degrees are awarded within the School of Arts and Sciences, our students take courses in a range of schools and departments, drawing upon historical, linguistic, literary, philosophical, and theological disciplines and methods.


In addition, Early Christian Studies at Catholic University of America emphasizes the importance of ancient languages - Greek, Latin, Coptic, and Syriac especially. Ideally, applicants will have studied some of these languages in their undergraduate years, and will have completed the intermediate level in at least one of them (preferably classical Greek). 

Competence in modern languages is also desirable, in German especially. Applicants will be asked to provide evidence of their linguistic ability at the time of application: their eligibility for admission will be assessed on a case-by-case basis (language being by no means the only criterion); and those admitted will be advised about steps they might take to improve their skills in the months remaining before their arrival. 

Finally, when they do arrive, admitted students may be asked to take a language examination in at least Greek, with the intention of determining which courses they are ready for, or which other credited course or courses they may be required to take before proceeding.

Degree requirements

Many students will proceed through the whole M.A./Ph.D. program, completing a Ph.D. dissertation in the early Christian field. We try, as far as possible, to make the M.A. degree an initiation to the field, while the Ph.D. courses allow for greater detail and tighter focus. It is possible, nevertheless, to leave the program with an M.A. degree (without dissertation), or to enter the program at Ph.D. level, with a suitable M.A. already achieved.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity
  • History of the Christian Near East
  • History of Early Christian Thought
  • Six other graduate courses approved by the director.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information
  • Secondary School Report
  • Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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