The Master of Arts in Early Christian Studies draws upon courses and faculty expertise in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, School of Philosophy, and the departments of Greek and Latin, history, and Semitic and Egyptian languages and literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences.


  • ECST 600, “Introduction to Early Christian Studies”
  • Nine other graduate courses approved by the director and the student’s advisor
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of either German, French, or Italian
  • A written comprehensive examination based on the M.A. reading list, and including sight translations from two ancient languages
  • Two substantial research papers, graded by the faculty member(s) for whom they were originally written, and reviewed by one other faculty member designated by the director.