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Colleges with Ancient Egyptian History Programs or Courses

Students of Egyptology may concentrate in ancient Egyptian languages or archaeology. Colleges and universities across the U.S. offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in Egyptology and related fields.

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Students interested in the ancient Egyptian culture may enroll in courses and degree programs offered through the Egyptology or Near Eastern language departments, archaeology departments, or history departments at colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Ancient Egyptian History Courses or Programs

The following school all offer either undergraduate or graduate degree programs in Egyptology, usually through the Near Eastern or Ancient Near Eastern studies departments.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Brown University Providence, RI 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Doctoral $49,346
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Doctoral $47,600
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Doctoral $48,710
University of Memphis Memphis, TN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,903 (in-state), $20,615 (out-of-state)
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,431 (in-state), $38,139 (out-of-state)
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $49,536
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Postgraduate Certificate, Doctoral $12,763 (in-state), $37,471 (out-of-state)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (in-state), $43,476 (out-of-state)
Lycoming College Williamsport, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $35,900
Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $10,388 (in-state), $33,741 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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College Selection Criteria

While programs about Ancient Egypt or Egyptology are offered through a range of disciplines and departments, there are some important universal considerations students should consider. Some important considerations include:

  • There are degree options at the undergraduate and graduate level, with concentrations in either language or archaeology.
  • Look for schools that offer professional development, including teaching experience in the form of teaching assistantships and fellowships.
  • If you would like field experience, look for schools that sponsor excavations and allow students to participate in archaeological research.
  • Consider schools with targeted research facilities and primary source material, such as ancient Egyptian texts and rare books.

Bachelor's Degree in Ancient Egyptian

Undergraduate programs provide a broad variety of topics such as history or anthropology, while those looking for specialized training in Egyptian culture may prefer a Bachelor of Arts in Egyptology program. Many programs culminate in a capstone project.

Master's Degree in Egyptology

Aspiring Egyptologists may pursue a master's degree program in Egyptology or art history with a concentration in Egyptian art. Egyptology students may have the option to concentrate in language, archaeology or material culture.

Doctoral Degree in Egyptology

Doctoral degree programs in Egyptology usually require students to have a proficiency in French and German. Doctoral candidates typically have opportunities to publish articles in professional journals and may qualify for traveling scholarships while writing their dissertations.

Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Ancient Egypt or in Egyptology can be found at a number of universities. When selecting your school, you should consider whether these degrees are offered through language or archaeology departments as well as the kinds of research and professional development resources that are available.

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