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Graduate Studies

Known for its excellence in diverse fields of medieval research, Fordham University offers the master of arts degree in medieval studies and a doctoral-level medieval concentration. Fordham's intimate size and tradition of devotion to teaching offers students an intellectual climate in which faculty members, well-known and active in the scholarly community, encourage and support students in their academic pursuits. The University offers graduate assistantships and fellowships to a limited number of students.

The program is administered through its Director and through the Center for Medieval Studies, located at the Rose Hill campus. The Center houses a small library and discussion area available to students. The main University library is especially strong in its medieval holdings. Fordham's location in New York City affords easy access to other major libraries (such as the Pierpont Morgan and the New York Public Library), museums (for example, The Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), and other institutions of higher learning. A University-operated campus shuttle makes regular trips between the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses throughout the day and evening.

The Center supports the exchange of views and information through its annual conferences and speakers series. Fordham faculty are also invited to address colleagues and students informally, and graduate students have also presented lectures.

Requirements for MA in Medieval Studies

The master's degree appeals to those interested in a broader spectrum of medieval subjects than is available within a specific discipline. Its 30-credit requirement allows the serious student to complete course work in one year of full-time study.
Requirements for admission to the MA program are those of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: a bachelor's degree from an accredited American or foreign university; the Graduate Record Examination (General Aptitude Test); and, for foreign students, an English proficiency examination such as TOEFL.
The curriculum for the master of arts degree comprises courses designed especially for the program, as well as a wide variety of offerings in the graduate wings of participating departments. The requirements are as follows:

  1. Two Medieval Studies courses (with a MVST prefix); these are deliberately interdisciplinary courses.  At least one MVST course a year is team-taught.
  2. One History course (with a HIST prefix).
  3. Two courses in Concentration I (can be disciplinary, such as two English courses or two History or two Art History courses, or thematic, such as two courses in Manuscript Studies (one MVST and one ENGL) or Scholasticism (one in PHIL and one in THEO) or Mysticism (one in ENGL and one in THEO) to name only some of the combinations.
  4. Two courses in Concentration II (see above under Concentration I)
  5. One to three electives, depending on choice and number of credits needed .

Latin and a second foreign language are strongly recommended. Upon completion of course work, master's candidates may choose to take a comprehensive examination or write a thesis. Those electing to pass the examination must have given evidence in a graduate-level course of their ability to write a developed paper.


Selected Concentrations in Medieval Studies

  • Medieval English, Latin, German and Romance Languages
  • Medieval Ecclesiastical and Intellectual History
  • Medieval Mysticism
  • Patristic Studies
  • Medieval Art History
  • Medieval Scholarly Editing, Manuscript Studies and Paleography
  • Women in Medieval History, Art, and Literature
  • Spanish, Italian, French, and English Medieval History
  • Monasticism and Scholasticism



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