Study the Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible - IN the Land of the Bible.
The International M.A. Program in Ancient Israel Studies: Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible is a unique program, offering students from across the globe a unique window into the country’s perplexing and complex past via theoretical classes, fieldwork experience, and guided tours to some of the most exciting excavation sites in Israel (such as Jerusalem, Ramat Rachael, Megiddo, Hazor, Dan, Beit Shemesh, Azekah, Beer-Sheba, Qumran, Masada, and Caesarea).
Join other international students and enjoy being taught by world-renowned scholars with expertise in archaeological fieldwork and research, in one of the following tracks:
- A one year MA program (without thesis)
- A two year MA program (with thesis)
- Or a one year credited course program for Ph.D. students
- One-year program, with an additional thesis year option
- Excavate at exciting archaeological sites in Israel
- Program taught by world-renowned scholars with expertise
- in archaeological fieldwork and research
- Training in both methodological and practical skills
- Acquire ancient and modern language skills
The academic curriculum of The International MA program in Ancient Israel Studies, throughout the first two semesters, focuses on the history of the Biblical period and the Old Testament, while also offering ancient languages and practical archaeological skills.
The program’s third (summer) semester consists of four to six weeks of field excavation at one of the archaeological projects run by Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology.
We strive to create a diverse body of students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including archaeology, history, ancient linguistics, biblical studies, and theology. However, as the field of archaeology is rapidly evolving into an interdisciplinary field, students with degrees outside of the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply as well.
Application Materials and Requirements
Applicants are asked to submit the following with their online application form (all documents must be in original and sent from their source):
- Copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
- Official transcripts from all higher education institutions you have attended
- General GPA requirement of 80 on a scale of 100, 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, or C on the ECTS scale. These are approximate and candidates with other strengths are also encouraged to apply.
- If your transcripts are not written in English, you will need to acquire a translated copy, which will need to be notarized for authenticity.
- Two letters of recommendation, from academic and/or professional sources
- Personal essay
- This personal essay must be up to three pages in length, and should include your interest in pursuing the M.A. Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible; how the program fits into your overall professional growth; and how you will contribute to the program and class dynamics.
- TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, if your native language is not English or your previous academic degree was not taught in English.
- Minimum TOEFL requirements: 573 on the paper-based test; 230 on the computer-based test; and 89 on the internet-based test. The University's Code is 7704.
- Minimum IELTS requirements: Overall Band Score of 7.0.
- $100 USD application fee, payable by credit card or bank transfer.
- One passport sized photo
- A Health Declaration (to be filled out by the applicant) and a Medical Form (to be filled out by a licensed doctor).
- Both forms are not mandatory while an applicant's file is marked as 'Under Review,' but are highly suggested to be sent in as soon as possible.
Application Deadline: May 30th, 2016.
Costs & Funding
Amounts below are given in US$.
M.A. Degree in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures – without thesis
- A 15,500 USD fee, payable to TAU International. Includes two tutorial semesters, field trips to archaeological sites, medical insurance, student union membership, library access and student fees to the university.
- A 2,500 USD fee, payable to the excavation site, which includes 4 weeks of field excavation, field classes, boarding and travel.
Second Year Thesis Track
A 8,500 USD fee, payable to TAU International. Includes two seminar courses, two linguistic courses (one modern and one ancient), prerequisite courses (if required), personal thesis guidance from members of the archaeology department, medical insurance, student union membership, library access and student fees to the university.
Scholarships and Funding
In addition to a variety of tuition assistance options, The International Program in Ancient Israel Studies: Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible also offers:
- A 5,000 USD tuition assistance scholarship, based on academic excellence
- A FULL tuition scholarship, for students from China
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Last updated January 31, 2018