Photos: Left, detail of Coptic papyrus from the Beinecke.
Right, New Kingdom hieratic inscription from the Theban Desert.
Students complete three years of course
work followed by a series of comprehensive exams, both written
and oral. If a student has exceptional background in ancient Egyptian
language prior to entering the program at Yale, s/he may request
advanced standing, and take the comprehensive exams at the end
of the second year. Upon successful completion of coursework and
exams a student submits a written dissertation proposal and upon
approval of the proposal begins formal work on the dissertation.
Typically during a student's third and fourth years, s/he has the
opportunity to gain teaching experience, either as an assistant
to a professor in a lecture course, or as a part time acting instructor
of first year Middle Egyptian. Professional development is emphasized
throughout the Egyptology program.
Students are encouraged to produce considerable amounts of written work during
their graduate careers, and when appropriate to publish the results of this work.
The William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Endowment for Egyptology at Yale is a source
of potential funding for graduate student travel for national and international
conferences, and may assist with travel for dissertation research. Graduate students
at Yale have further opportunities to interact with other scholars in Egyptology
and Coptology through lecture series held at Yale.
During the winter and/or summer recesses, graduate students are encouraged to
participate in Yale-sponsored expeditions (for more on these projects, see Archaeological
Expeditions). In addition, graduate students working with Yale expeditions may
develop their own research projects in the field and may participate in the publication
of reports and monographs. The collections of the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale
Peabody Museum serve as teaching resources and continue to provide material for
graduate student research and publication projects.
For information about the generous stipend and medical benefits for graduate
students at Yale, and the details of the admissions process, please visit the
Graduate School website.