It’s official: Indiana University Egyptology is the most effective Egyptology MA in the U.S. in placing its graduates in top Ph.D. programs!
The Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC) at Indiana University – Bloomington has offered a special Master of Arts track in Egyptology since December of 2013. Students who choose to pursue a Masters in Egyptology at Indiana University will receive an introduction to the Egyptian language and its scripts – hieroglyphic, hieratic and Demotic – that is unusually comprehensive at the MA level, and they have the opportunity to learn cutting edge skills in Virtual Heritage, the application of advanced computer visualization and virtual reality to archaeological artifacts and sites. The result is that IU Egyptology alumni are currently pursuing Ph.D. degrees at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Toronto, Liverpool and here at IU. Currently more Egyptology doctoral students in the U.S. and Canada received their MA from Indiana University, by far, than from any other program!
Aside from the MA in Egyptology, graduate-level Egyptology courses can also be used to fulfil Ph.D. minor requirements, including those of MELC and of Ancient Studies. Students may also pursue a dual Ph.D. in Egyptology and in another field such as Virtual Heritage. Undergraduates may use courses in Egyptian language to fulfill the language requirement of the undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. All undergraduate Egyptology courses towards their MELC degree requirements. All Egyptian history, civilization and language courses also fulfill College of Arts and Sciences (CASE) and General Education distribution requirements, including the CASE foreign language requirement.