Earn a terminal degree that will give you the necessary experience and credentials to practice archaeology in the field or teach at the highest levels of academia through Lipscomb University’s Ph.D. program in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.
Building on knowledge obtained at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the Ph.D. program will provide exposure to a broad range of topics through a series of six research seminars during your first two years in the program. Following this period of study, you will move into the dissertation research phase for the remainder of the program. To assist you in completing your research, you will have full access to the resources of the Lanier Center for Archaeology, including its collections, research projects, excavations and museums. When you graduate, you will earn your place among the best in the scholarly guild of archaeology.
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Applicants to the program must hold a master’s degree in archaeology, anthropology or biblical studies from an accredited institution. Other master’s degrees from the social sciences will also be strongly considered. All applicants to the program must possess competency in critical thinking and the use of methods and theories in social sciences.
Applicants should also submit the following for admission review and enrollment:
- Completed and submitted online application
- CV detailing applicant's academic work, experience and scholarly achievement (publications, professional presentations, etc.) that has prepared the applicant to benefit from the program.
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- Official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities (3.0 minimum graduate GPA)
- Optional MAT or GRE scores
- Writing sample (20-30 page research paper)
- Three letters of recommendation by former graduate-level professors
- Entrance examination
- Interview with faculty (on campus, virtually or by phone)
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Research Seminars (18 hours)
Six (6) courses selected from the following.
ARCH 7103 Israelite Settlement and Statehood: Archaeology of Iron Age I-IIA
ARCH 7113 Archaeology of the Divided Kingdoms: Iron Age IIB-III
ARCH 7123 Archaeology and History of the Bronze Age in the Southern Levant
ARCH 7133 Archaeology and History of the II Temple Period in the Southern Levant
ARCH 7143 Archaeology of the Ancient Near East-Selected Topic
ARCH 7213 Current Issues in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology-Method and Theory
ARCH 7223 Issues and Trends in Iron Age Archaeology
ARCH 7233 Issues and Trends in Bronze Age Archaeology
ARCH 7243 Issues and Trends in the Archaeology of the Classical Period-Selected Topic
ARCH 7253 Archaeology of the Roman Empire in the East
ARCH 7263 Archaeology and History of Late Antiquity in the Eastern Mediterranean
Dissertation Research (18 hours)
Guided Reading Colloquia and Dissertation Research
ARCH 7303, 7313 Archaeology Guided Reading Colloquia
ARCH 799V Dissertation Research
ARCH 8000 Dissertation Research Continuation
Tuition & Aid
Program tuition is $950* per credit hour.
You will have access to many scholarship opportunities offered to Lipscomb University students as well as internal departmental resources, on-campus employment and traditional sources of financial aid loans.
*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.