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Graduate Program

MA in Ancient Philology


The Master of Arts in Ancient Philology focuses on Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. Intensive language training in both languages is offered over the two years of the program. Students complete the program with courses in linguistics, philology, philosophy, paleography, history, and literature.

This program is ideal for people interested in taking up a career as Greek and Hebrew teachers, as well as for scholars interested in Antiquity, classical philosophy, classical philology, religious studies, or in the connection between Greek antiquity and Judeo-Christian heritage.

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages.

The application form is available online and in printable format. Scholarships are also available for this program.

Please note that the degree is awarded by a third-party university and not by Polis.



Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Program Length

2 Years


ILS 26,000 / Year




Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2020-2021
Second Year: 2021-2022
Language CoursesECTS
Ancient Greek I + II (Intensive)12.0
Ancient Greek III6.0
Ancient Greek IV6.0
Biblical Hebrew I10.0
Biblical Hebrew II10.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Critical Apparatus1.5
Phonetics and Phonology2.0
Derivational Morphology2.0
Historical Geography III2.0
Historical Geography IV2.0
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology1.5
Introduction to Jewish Sources1.5
Medieval Sources2.0
Patristic Sources1.0
Greek Palaeography1.5
Translation Theory (Taught in A. Greek)1.5
History of the Near East I/II2.0
Language CoursesECTS
Ancient Greek V6.0
Biblical Hebrew III (Intensive)6.0
Biblical Hebrew IV6.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Greek Philology1.5
Historical Geography I2.0
Historical Geography II2.0
History of Writing Systems (Taught in A. Greek)1.5
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
Lexicon, Code, and Interaction2.0
Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature1.5
Speech in Ancient Greek or Biblical Hebrew6.0
Syntax of Natural Languages2.0
History of the Near East III/IV2.0
Additional Mandatory Course2.0
Research Track
Non-Research Track
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Master's Thesis20.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Seminar Paper10.0
Extra Mandatory Courses10.0

Theoretical ECTS + Thesis


Language ECTS


Total Required ECTS


Elective Courses

Elective courses listed here can be chosen over the two years without additional fees. Students may also request to register for elective courses from other programs for additional fees. Elective courses are subject to change.

Language CoursesECTS
Ancient Greek VI6.0
Ancient Greek VII6.0
Ancient Greek VIII6.0
Biblical Hebrew V6.0
Biblical Hebrew Readings3.0
Classical Syriac5.0
Bohairic Coptic I3.0
Bohairic Coptic II3.0
Latin I8.0
Latin II8.0
Latin III6.0
Latin IV6.0
Ancient Greek Readings I, II, III, IV3.0
Greek Lunch (Symposium) I, II, III, IV3.0
Modern Hebrew (Aleph, Aleph+, Beth, Beth+, Gimel, Gimel+)10.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Introduction to Hebrew Literature1.5
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Semitic Palaeography1.5
Introduction to Ugaritic Language & Literature2.0
Seven Seals I (Taught in A. Greek)2.0
Seven Seals II (Taught in A. Greek)2.0
Jewish Feasts0.5
The Notion of God According to the Tanakh, Christian Bible and Qur'an1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Practicum1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 2: Practicum1.5
Applied Philology Seminar 3-6: Practicum10.0

Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA or have the equivalent language level according to the Polis method may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages, a track that focuses on the particularities of teaching languages in an immersive setting. Students following this track will gain first-hand experience in teaching and the ability to participate in methodological courses and workshops. Registration for the Emphasis track grants an additional 8.5 ECTS free of charge.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Assistant Teaching4.0
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Entry Requirements
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university is required.
  • Students are expected to be fluent in English.


Please prepare the following documents in order to apply. Application can be submitted online or by mail.

  • A filled application form
  • A letter of motivation
  • Two letters of recommendation - at least one should be from an academic reference.
    Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by each reference (both through email or post).
  • A copy of your B.A. diploma or equivalent with description of courses and grades
    Transcripts must be sent directly from each university
  • An official copy of your B.A. transcript and other relevant transcripts
  • CV or résumé
  • A copy of the main page of your passport, with Israeli stamps if applicable
  • Two passport photographs
    Passport photos should be sent by post. Candidates who submit their applications after May 1 may submit clear digital passport photos.
  • Application Fee of 500 NIS

All documents must be submitted as PDF. Files should include the candidate’s family name followed by the item name (ex: Rodriguez passport copy). Documents can be sent individually.

Applications are examined by the Academic Board, which decides on the admission in the weeks following the submission of the full application.



100% + Stipend | Two Academic Years | 30 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for two academic years, in the form of a tuition discount.

The recipient will receive a stipend up to 3,600 NIS per month. An additional stipend of 5,000 NIS may be awarded by the Management committee based on merit. Failure to fulfill the requirements will result in the revocation of the scholarship and the student will be responsible for paying the tuition in full.

Task Description: Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 30 hours of volunteer work per week in promotion during the academic year.

Prerequisites: Candidates should be students of a graduate program at Polis or have begun the application process. Candidates should also have demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, website design, and social media.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: September 1, 2020


Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 3,000

Students who have been accepted to a program will be asked to confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee which is part of the total tuition fee for the academic year when they begin their studies.

Tuition Fee

ILS 26,000 / year


This program, offered at the Polis Institute in Jerusalem, is accredited by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Rome) and by the International University of Catalonia (Barcelona). Please note that the ECTS are awarded by the accrediting institutions and not by Polis.

ECTS = European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
1 ECTS = 10 academic hours