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MA Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2.3333333333333 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

8270.58 USD
4707.66 USD

Application fee

International 162 USD
National 100 USD
Faculty of Arts
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GRE (avg)320
GMAT (avg)646

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About this course

This program offers a unique opportunity to explore the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. Ourremarkably diverse faculty includes world experts who both teach, and conduct path-breaking research on, the archaeology, history, languages, literatures, and religions of ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome, including Judaism, Christianity, and early Islam. The programs, which can be individually tailored to fit specific interests, foster interdisciplinary study, at the same time developing the relevant skill sets to prepare the students for future study and employment.
Every program is unique and students have the option to design a perfect curriculum for them. Their strengths include rigorous training in the primary languages, Ancient Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Middle Egyptian, and Classical Arabic; broad coverage of the mythic systems of ancient civilizations; in-depth study of the dramatic, historical, legal, literary and religious texts produced by those civilizations; advanced training in practical methods of archaeology and epigraphy; and exploration of the traditions and receptions of antiquity by later eras.


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Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the MA must hold a bachelor’s degree.


This will normally be in


  • Classics (Latin and Greek), 
  • Classical Studies (non-language program), 
  • Near Eastern Studies, 
  • or Religious Studies, 

Also, For MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity, at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 level in Classical, Near Eastern, or Religious Studies, and/or in classical languages. 

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Course Modules

The completion of 30 credits, including CNRS 500 and CNRS 549 (a six-credit thesis), and two subject-specific comprehensive exams is required. All courses are normally at the 500 level, but up to 6 credits may come from 300- and 400- level undergraduate offerings within the Department or graduate offerings from other departments, but not both.

Students may choose courses according to the following regulations, and are strongly encouraged to do so in consultation with their Graduate Advisor, to ensure all program requirements are met.

For MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity courses may come from any of the department’s course codes.

Students may substitute up to 6 credits in Akkadian, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic, or another relevant ancient Near Eastern language towards this requirement. 

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How to Apply

Documents required for all graduate applications:

  • On-line application form.

This must be submitted online via the central UBC link: On-Line Application

  • 3 letters of reference.

These may either be submitted online using the electronic reference (“e-ref”) system in the application, or they may be mailed directly to the Department (not the Faculty of Graduate Studies) by the referee in an official, sealed envelope. 

  • 2 official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

These should be mailed directly to the Department (not the Faculty of Graduate Studies) by the issuing institution in official, sealed envelopes.

  • Statement of intent.

Applicants may choose to use the space provided in the central UBC online application under the Program Specific Questions section, (expandable box) or they may email a separate statement as a 1 – 1.5 page PDF to the Graduate Secretary, Marisa Scorda. 

  • Sample of writing. Ideally this will be an essay/paper written for a previously taken course and which shows the mark received and the Instructor’s comments (if any).

This should be sent by e-mail as a PDF to the Graduate Secretary, Marisa Scorda.
Additional documents required for international applications:

  • International applicants are required to submit their original diplomas. Transcripts and diplomas in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  • TOEFL score (if required). Score (minimum 600) must be less than 2 years old at time of application, OR IELTS score of minimum 7.5 with no individual band scoring less than 7.0

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