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Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bryn Mawr College

  • Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 75%25%
    student ratio
  • 119
    total students
  • $35,280 | $35,280
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


Bryn Mawr's Graduate Studies in Archaeology, Classics, and Art History

Bryn Mawr College is a private, women's liberal arts college located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, just 11 miles west of Philadelphia. One of the Seven Sisters, a group of historically women's colleges in the northeastern United States, Bryn Mawr College admits both women and men to its graduate programs.

A Leader in Archaeology, Art, and Classical Studies

Bryn Mawr College was one of the first academic institutions in the nation to recognize the field of archaeology as an independent area of study by establishing a department of classical archaeology and providing extensive library and photographic resources. Its "The Bryn Mawr Classical Review" is recognized and respected worldwide for its timely reviews of current scholarly work in the field of classical studies and archaeology. In addition, Bryn Mawr College has been recognized as one of a few influential institutions that helped establish art history's place in American culture.

Graduate Group Combines Three Separate Programs

The Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art comprises 3 interdependent departments housed within the Bryn Mawr College Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Each awards its own master's and PhD degrees.

The graduate curriculum emphasizes breadth and depth of study and prepares students for careers in a broad range of fields including teaching, research, publishing, and work in museums and foundations. Students are permitted to take courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Princeton University and are given access to world-class resources such as the University of Pennsylvania's collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Graduate Program in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Students accepted into the Graduate Program in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology are enrolled in the PhD program; there is no terminal MA degree, although students must complete the program's MA curriculum as a prerequisite for the PhD degree program. Students choose from 2 areas of concentration: "Art and Archeology of the Greek and Roman World and its Mediterranean Predecessor", or "Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East".

After completing the MA curriculum prerequisite, students continue to take seminars and supervised work in preparation for the preliminary PhD examinations and dissertation. A program of study is designed for each individual student in consultation with the department.

All graduate students are encouraged to spend their 3rd or 4th years of study abroad. Students in classical archaeology are all advised to spend a year at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Students of Near Eastern archaeology are advised to attend centers of archaeological research in their areas of concentration. Participation in excavations under the auspices of Bryn Mawr College or other schools is arranged when possible.

Graduate Program in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies

Students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies may earn either a master's degree or a PhD degree in one of the following: "Greek Language", "Greek and Greek Studies", "Latin and Roman Studies", and "Classical Languages (Greek and Latin)". In addition to their Graduate Group seminars, students take part in the weekly Classics Colloquium, which allows them to socialize informally with faculty members and hear talks by prominent scholars.

All master's candidates are required to complete 6 seminars; demonstrate reading proficiency in German, French, or Italian; write an independent research paper; and sit for an oral examination on the paper's topic. Candidates for the PhD degree complete a minimum of 12 seminars, including those taken at master's level, and at least 1 Graduate Group Seminar; demonstrate reading proficiency in Greek and Latin and German at PhD level; demonstrate reading proficiency in Italian or French; take preliminary examinations consisting of 4 written papers followed by an oral examination; complete the PhD dissertation; and perform an oral defense of the dissertation.

Graduate Program in History of Art

The Graduate Program in History of Art awards master's and PhD degrees in all areas of western art history, from late antiquity through the present, including film. The program of study is flexible and can be tailored to the goals and interests of individual students.

Candidates for the MA degree must demonstrate proficiency in 2 modern languages; complete 6 units of independent work in art history; prepare MA theses; and take written examinations about the thesis topics. Candidates for the PhD degree must demonstrate proficiency in German and 1 other foreign Language; complete 6 units of independent work in art history, as well as written and oral examinations in 4 discrete fields; and prepare dissertations presenting original theses corroborated by primary research.

Faculty and Research

Bryn Mawr students are taught by some of the most distinguished archaeologists, classicists, and humanities scholars in the country in a variety of specialties, in the classroom and in the field. Notable Graduate Group faculty members includes Mehmet-Ali, whose research interests are visual and intellectual traditions of the ancient Near East, Neo-Assyrian art and architecture, and ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian kingship; Homay King, whose research interests include American film history, film theory, and feminist, psychoanalytic, and rhetorical theory; and Annette M. Baertschi, whose numerous research interests include Roman literature, Greek and Latin epic, reception of classical literature and culture, and ancient magic and religion.

Financial Assistance

Bryn Mawr College offers many forms of financial support, including fellowships, tuition awards, teaching, research, and curatorial assistantships, and summer stipends. Several distinguished fellowships are offered to exceptionally qualified applicants to the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art.

Campus and Surroundings

Bryn Mawr College is situated on 49 suburban acres on Philadelphia's Main Line, just 11 miles west of the city. The campus is a short walk from local bus and regional rail service that connects with Amtrak's northeast corridor service.

Location & Contact

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Bryn Mawr College

101 North Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
United States

Dr. Mary Osirim


Phone: 610-526-5073
Fax: 610-526-5076

Mrs. Maria Dantis


Phone: 610-526-5074
Fax: 610-526-5074

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Arts (MA)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 12
    • Doctoral Degrees 13
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 121
    • Accepted 28
    • Acceptance Rate 23
    • Enrolled 14
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 3rd January 3rd Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$35,280
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,280
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 3
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Teaching Assistantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships, tuition awards

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students119
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students119
    • Part-time Percentage29%
    • Full-time Percentage71%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian70%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown23%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty52
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%




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