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What can our program do for you?
The Master's degree program in Art History with a concentration in Egyptian Art and Archaeology is designed to prepare the student either to continue on to a higher degree in Egyptology
or to enter an alternate career path. Whichever the student's choice, the program
will assist the student in developing strong skills in analytical thinking, research
Egyptology students with the M.A. degree in Art History from the University of Memphis
have continued on to graduate programs in ancient Egyptian art, history, archaeology,
and language at such distinguished institutions as New York University, the University
of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, UCLA, Emory University, the University
of Toronto (Canada) and University College, London. Other of our students have enrolled
in programs in related fields such as religious studies, ancient history and museum studies. Graduates have also found internships or employment in secondary education, field
archaeology, and museums.
For information about past students of the M.A. program in Egyptian Art, see the Alumni page.
Description of the Master's Program in Art History
The Master of Arts in Art History with a concentration in Egyptian Art and Archaeology
is a rigorous two year program. The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA ("B" average)
to remain in good standing in the program.
At the University of Memphis, full-time graduate students must be enrolled for a minimum
of 12 credit hours per semester. If a student has been awarded a graduate assistantship,
three hours of ARTH 7881 (Workshop in Art History for Graduate Assistants) are included
in this total.
Students are required to meet with the Program Advisor before registering for each semester's coursework. The Program Advisor must clear each student prior
Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran is the program advisor.
The two-year Masters program in Art History includes the following requirements -
- 30 hours of completed coursework
- A minimum of 21 hours (7 classes) must be in 7000 level (M.A.) courses
Only three (3)* of these hours may be thesis credits (ARTH 7996).
- Six (6) credit-hours may be from outside the major department (ARTH).
- Eighteen (18) hours (6 classes) must be in the major area (ARTH), but outside of the required courses (ARTH 6123, ARTH 7130, and ARTH 7996).
- The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA ("B" average) to remain in good standing
in the program.
- Fulfill all University of Memphis mandated course requirements and regulations.
- Read the official wording in the Graduate Catalog.
Additional Requirements of the Masters Program in Art History - Egyptian Art Concentration
Successful completion of the program requires that the student fulfill a number of
requirements. These include:
- Completion of two (2) departmental core courses -
ARTH* 6123 - Greek Art
ARTH 7130 - Art History Methods and Professional Practice
- Satisfactory completion of at least two semesters of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
- Passing a competency exam in Middle Egyptian hieroglyphs before the start of the second
- Passing a slide exam on ancient Egyptian art before the start of the second semester
- One semester of either ARTH 6111 (Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt), ARTH 6112
(Art and Archaeology of the Old and Middle Kingdoms) or ARTH 6113 (Art and Archaeology
of the New Kingdom through Later Periods)
- Passing a reading competency exam in either German or French by the end of the first
- Fulfill all University of Memphis mandated course requirements
- Select a Thesis Committee Chair by the end of the first year of study
- Successful completion of the Master's Thesis
- Passing a comprehensive examination after submission of the M.A. thesis to the Thesis
- Successful defense of the comprehensive exam and the M.A. thesis
* ARTH = Art History
With the guidance of the program advisor, Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, students are responsible for meeting these requirements in a timely manner.
For a more detailed explanation of this list, see the M.A. Requirements page.
Primarily in the programs in Art History and History, the University of Memphis offers
over two dozen courses relevant to the programs in Egyptology. Some of these courses may be taken by upper division undergraduate students, while
others are reserved for graduate study. These listings were taken from the on-line
undergraduate and graduate bulletins.
The degree in Egyptian Art and Archaeology affords the student the opportunity to
tailor their program to their specific interests in Egyptology. The sample semester-by-semester schedule for the two year Master's Egyptology Program in Art History will help the student
plan their course of instruction.
The individual student's specific schedule will vary.