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Program Overview

Program Overview

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

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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)

For transcripts, electronic copies can be emailed directly from your undergraduate institution to

If you are having a hard copy mailed, have it sent to:
Lipscomb University
Graduate Admissions
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204



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

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.



Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Our Faculty

  • Steve Ortiz headshot

    Steven Ortiz

    Director, Lanier Center for Archaeology

    Dr. Steven Ortiz is the Director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was...

    Meet Steven Ortiz
  • Thomas Davis headshot

    Thomas Davis

    Professor and Associate Director

    Dr. Tom Davis has forty years of experience as an archaeologist, working extensively in Cyprus, the Near East, Egypt, Central Asia, and the United States. He started his archaeological career...

    Meet Thomas Davis
  • Mark Janzen headshot

    Mark Janzen

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Mark Janzen is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lipscomb University. He received his PhD from the University of Memphis (ancient history). His primary research interests are...

    Meet Mark Janzen

Career Paths


As contributing members of the scholarly guild, archaeologists participate in excavation projects, work in museums and conduct research in the lab. Many also teach archaeology or another humanities-based discipline.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.