Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (B.A.)

Archeology (B.A.)
(with focus on Near Eastern Archeology)


Department of Egyptology and the Ancient Orient


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master's program in "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies" (120 CP) deals with the same subject as the Bachelor's program, i.e. the cultures of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East (for more information, see subject description "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (B.A.)"). The content and objectives are now clearly research-oriented. The course of study will enable students to process relevant sources using the scientific methods of the disciplines involved, taking into account the intercultural environment in particular.

On this program, the usual division of ancient studies into philological and archaeological disciplines is not adhered to, so that students are able to draw sound conclusions (e.g. with regard to society, history, religion, the economy, science, geography, settlement history and topography) in the long run by analyzing the texts and the material remains. Students can choose from the following focal points:

a) Egyptology
b) Philology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Ancient Oriental Philology, Ancient Oriental Studies or Assyriology)
c) Archeology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Near Eastern Archeology or Near Eastern Antiquities).

Specialized practical training and field trips offer insights into scientific work on digs, in museums, or in academic institutions and research projects.

In addition to the specialized courses on offer, the Master's degree program offers the opportunity to acquire complementary knowledge in various fields, since the discovery of the civilizations of Egypt and the Ancient Near East open up a variety of specializations: Linguistics, Literature, Art History, Archeology, Religion, History, Technology, Architecture, Material Culture, Natural Sciences, Sociology, Ethnology, Journalism, and others. 15 CP are dedicated to acquiring these additional skills, which can be tailored to the intended direction of research. Advanced study of an individual focus area and previous minor subjects can also be added to these additional skills. The course of study will be completed in the fourth semester with a six-month Master's thesis and an oral examination.

Master entrance requirements

Within the Master’s degree program at JGU Mainz, the following focus areas may be chosen:

a) Egyptology

b) Philology of the Ancient Near East

a) Archeology of the Ancient Near East

A prerequisite for admission to the Master's degree program is the successful completion of a BA degree program, for which the diploma supplement must show that at least 60 CPs were obtained in one of the focus areas listed above. If the Bachelor's degree certificate has not yet been awarded, applicants must demonstrate that they have acquired at least 40 credits points (CP) before the application deadline. Applicants will be granted admission on the proviso that they submit a Bachelor's degree certificate during the first semester of the Master's degree program; this certificate must verify that they have acquired all necessary credit points.

It will be assumed that students have sufficient French language skills to enable them to read specialist literature; alternatively, students must be willing to acquire such skills during the first semesters of their degree program. (Applicants will not be required to provide documentary evidence of their language skills).

Those applying for the Master's degree program "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies" will need to hold a qualification in "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies". This means they should have knowledge of two language levels (for admission to a program with Egyptology as a major), two cuneiform languages (for admission to a program with Ancient Near Eastern Philology as a major) or Akkadian (for admission to a program with Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology as a major). Should applicants lack any of these language skills, they will be required to acquire them during their Master's degree program (e.g. by means of attendance of the ÄG/AO 20 module).

Before beginning the program, a student advising session with a subject representative is strongly recommended, as is a second session after the first year of study.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH) is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).