The Ph.D. in Medieval and Byzantine Studies offers students broad and interdisciplinary training in various components of medieval civilization, providing both perspective and tools for specialized research.


  • Minimum of 60 hours of graduate credit is required of candidates for the Ph.D.
  • The program incorporates the M.A. curriculum while also requiring an additional 30 semester hours of coursework (in the area of specialization and one minor field)
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2
  • Demonstrated competence, as determined by examination or by performance in a designated course (grade no lower than ‘B’) or in a translation project, in Latin, Greek or Arabic, and, in accordance with the student’s planned dissertation research, in any necessary medieval vernacular languages.
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of two modern foreign languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish, or other approved modern language).