Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Studies

The M.A. program in Ancient Mediterranean Studies M.A. is a broad, interdisciplinary program focused on the cultures, literatures, and histories of the ancient Mediterranean world. Students combine course work on research methodologies with seminars in their own areas of interest. Possible areas of interest could include—but are not limited to—the Ancient Near East, Egypt, the Levant, the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism, Greece, Rome, Early Christianity, and the modern reception of the ancient Mediterranean world. The ultimate aim of the M.A. is to prepare students for a variety of professions, such as further graduate work, museum work, library science, or secondary teaching.


Some funding is available on a competitive basis. This includes some teaching assistantships, which provide tuition remission and a living expense stipend.

Application Deadlines

For best consideration for funding for Fall 2025, please apply by February 3, 2025.

We will otherwise review applications on a rolling basis.

Note: We are also accepting applications for the current academic year (2024/25).

Degree Requirements

30 credits are required to complete the degree, consisting of:

  • 18 credits in CAMS, GK, LATIN, HEBREW and other courses in related subject matter selected in consultation with the student’s adviser.
  • 3 credits: CAMS /AML 550 (PROSEMINAR)
  • 3 credits: CAMS / AML 560 (RESEARCH SEMINAR)
  • 6 credits: CAMS 596 (MASTER’S PAPER)

Master’s Paper

During the second year of study, students will complete a Master’s Paper. It will be directed by their graduate faculty adviser and one additional member of the graduate faculty chosen in consultation with their graduate adviser. Both members must approve the paper in its final form before the adviser awards it a letter grade.

Graduate Adviser:
Anna Peterson
Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Pronouns: She/Her