The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Center for

Medieval & Byzantine Studies

The Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies at CUA offers a meeting point and active scholarly community for researchers and students of the medieval period. It involves over forty faculty members from various schools and departments and offers an interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Byzantine Studies both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Medieval and Byzantine Studies Program was organized in 1969 and operates under the general direction of an interdisciplinary committee. The purpose of the program is to promote the understanding and study of the medieval world and its cultures, to introduce students to various fields of the discipline and their methodologies, and to provide a solid basis for advanced research into the medieval period in subject areas which require a background that transcends the boundaries of a single discipline.

In addition to exploring the historical and cultural developments within the traditional boundaries of Medieval Europe from ca. A.D. 300 to 1500, our students have opportunities to study Near Eastern Christianity, the Islamic world, Byzantium, and Judaism.


For Prospective Graduate Students

The Center welcomes applications from qualified candidates interested in an interdisciplinary study of the Middles Ages. For information about the programs and their curricula, see the following links: Ph.D. Program; M.A. Program; Graduate Certificate (non-degree program).
Admission to the programs is administered through CUA's Office of Graduate Admissions. Please submit an online application and include a 10-15-page writing sample that is representative of your academic writing skills and research interests. Please do NOT send application materials directly to the Center. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Funding is available to select, highly qualified applicants. To be considered for a scholarship for the fall semester, please submit your online application (see above) before February 1. (No separate scholarship application is needed; all applicants are considered for funding.)
If you have further questions or wish to schedule an on-campus meeting, please contact Dr. Lilla Kopár at



Upcoming Events:

Pilgrimage to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
with Dr. Jennifer Paxton and the Medieval Society. Saturday, September 24, 2016. Meet at the steps of Mullen Library at 2 pm and walk over to the monastery for a 3 pm tour. Vigil mass at 5 pm (optional). Please RSVP to Dr. Paxton at

Graduate Student Workshop: How to Write a Biography of a Medieval Saint? By Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M. (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology). Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 pm, Pryz 327. For readings and to RSVP, please email Prof. L.R. Poos at


Alumni news: Atria A. Larson, Ph.D. 2010 in Medieval and Byzantine Studies, has been awarded the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2015 for her book Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the Twelfth Century (CUA Press, 2014) from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany.


Contact Us

132 Marist Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: (202) 319-5794
Fax: (202) 319-6609
Director & Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Lilla Kopár
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director:
Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Jennifer Paxton
Clinical Assistant Professor of History