Best Schools with Ancient History Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Learn which are the best schools offering graduate degree programs in ancient history. See what makes these schools special. Find out more about degree and program options, too.

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Ancient history graduate programs allow students to conduct original research while studying the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean. While the graduate program at Yale University includes a master's degree in ancient history, the graduate track in this field is intended for students who ultimately pursue the Ph.D. degree. Stanford University awards only a Ph.D.; however, students can choose from among several areas of emphasis. Both of these are top-ranked schools in the field, according to U.S. News and World Report.

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Faculty at Stanford's Classics Department currently run several research projects into various elements of the ancient world, including the ancient maritime landscape off the coast of Sicily, geospatial modeling of the Roman world, and classical theater.

Stanford University, ranked #4 among history graduate programs, according to U.S. News and World Report for 2013, offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels through its Classics Department. One of the four concentrations available at the doctorate level is ancient history. Students enrolled in this program study the history of the Mediterranean, specifically ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures, through a curriculum consisting of seminars, classical literature and inscriptions, skills classes and narrative history.

2. Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight: Graduate students in Yale's Department of Classics have access to language training, as well as the opportunity to teach Latin and Greek.

Yale's University, tied for the #1 ranking in history along with three other schools by U.S. News and World Report for 2013, awards graduate students with a Master of Arts after the completion of seven classes within the department. Further, all Ph.D. students receive a Master of Philosophy before the completion of their dissertation. Students applying to the classics graduate program, however, are expected to carry on to the doctorate level. The overall goal of Yale's Department of Classics is to conduct original research of the life and times of ancient Greeks and Romans. Graduate students enrolled in the ancient history degree program have access to the Classics Library, Yale's coin and papyri collections and electronic databases for research purposes.

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Top Ancient History Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Harvard University Harvard is ranked #2 among National Universities overall by U.S. News & World Report. Cambridge, MA
Indiana University-Bloomington The University's history department supports seven journals, including the American Historical Review. Bloomington, IN
New York University NYU offers the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, which provides a scholarly center for graduate history students. New York, NY
University of Arizona Students in the Department of Classics have study abroad opportunities in Italy, Greece, and Egypt. Tucson, AZ
University of California-Berkeley UC-Berkeley is tied for #1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 list of schools with the best graduate history programs. Berkeley, CA
University of California-Los Angeles UCLA just opened a new History Writing Center staffed by Ph.D. students. Los Angeles, CA
University of California-San Diego The graduate program in ancient history offers concentrations in the history of Israel in the biblical period, the history of Jewish people, the history of Classical Greece and the history of the Roman Empire. La Jolla, CA
University of Washington-Seattle Campus The school's history department offers a History Writing Center and a History Department Diversity Committee, along with several centers and initiatives. Seattle, WA
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