Archaeology: Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern—PhD

The primary purpose of advanced academic studies leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology is to provide teacher-scholars for church-operated colleges, seminaries and universities around the world. When students apply to the PhD program in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology they may select one of two areas of emphasis: Biblical Archaeology or Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology.


  • Biblical Archeology
  • Ancient Near Eastern Archeology

Program length

This is a 64-credit program. Students are required to finish all regular course work and take the comprehensive exams within five years of the initial registration in the program, and to complete all degree requirements within ten years of initial registration.

Application deadlines

Domestic Prospective Students are advised to complete the application, and submit all the requirements before the deadlines below:

  • Fall (August - December): July 15
  • Spring (January - May): November 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May - June): March 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June - July): April 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July - August): May 15

Prospective Students who apply after the deadline will incur an additional $70 late application fee.

International Prospective Students are required to complete and submit all the application requirements before the deadlines listed below, to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents:

  • Fall (August - December): May 15
  • Spring (January - May): September 15
  • Summer Session 1 (May - June): January 15
  • Summer Session 2 (June - July): February 15
  • Summer Session 3 (July - August): March 15

Eligibility requirements

  • Master’s degree: Hold a Master of Arts degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution in an appropriate field (ancient Near Eastern history and/or archaeology, biblical history, anthropology).
  • Ancient and/or modern language proficiency: Read proficiently required ancient and/or modern languages as noted in the Language Requirements below.
  • English proficiency: Demonstrate the ability to handle doctoral-level work in English. Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
  • Usefulness: Show high promise of future usefulness to church and/or society.


  • 16 prerequisite credits in the chosen area of concentration.
  • Graduate course in research methods, such as GSEM620 Research Methods

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • GRE score: The exam must be taken within five years prior to admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining your objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of your personal, professional, and academic goals; your philosophical perspective; and what you hope to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of your degree.
  • Personality Questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.

    2. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WESAACRAOECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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