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Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures

12 months
52190 USD/year
52190 USD/year
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Students on the master of arts level of the Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures degree from Catholic University of America may specialize in Ancient Near Eastern studies (ANE) or Christian Near Eastern studies (CNE). MA students choose two primary research languages and generally do course work 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). In the CNE program, students may also take Armenian, Georgian, and South Arabian.

Under ordinary circumstances the Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures masters degree from Catholic University of America, including the requisite comprehensive examinations, can be completed in two years. Thirty semester credit hours are required for the M.A. The thirty credit hours must include nine in the student's major language beyond the introductory course or courses. 

Degree requirements

Students who wish to pursue a program combining aspects of both major programs are urged to consult in advance with all relevant faculty.

Transfer of relevant graduate credits earned at other accredited institutions is permitted in accordance with the university's regulations. Students entering at the M.A. level may transfer up to 6 credit hours.

Students are expected to maintain a good overall standing in the program; students who do not do so will be subject to faculty review and dismissal, if warranted. In particular, a student who receives one C may be subject to faculty review and may be placed on probationary standing in the program. A second C may lead to dismissal. A student may repeat a course in which the grade of C was earned, and the grade of the retake may replace the C; this can only be done once and must be done in consultation with the faculty.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The thirty credit hours must also include at least six credit hours, beyond the initiating course or courses, in a second Semitic language (or Coptic) judged by the faculty to be the most necessary for effective work in the student's major field. Up to six credit hours of Greek (beyond the elementary level) may be counted towards the M.A. requirements but not for major or minor language credit. 
  • ANE students may take history or language courses (including Syriac, Arabic, Ethiopic and Coptic) from the CNE program; CNE students may take history and language courses (including Hebrew and Aramaic) from the ANE program. In addition to these thirty semester credit hours, the M.A. student must select (with the approval of the chair) two papers written for courses (completed with a grade of B or better) requiring a major research paper.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 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 12 months.
  • National

    52190 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
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