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18 MA Programs in Archaeology

A Master of Arts degree in archeology may be appropriate for post-baccalaureate students who seek a career in practical research or archeological fieldwork. An MA program allows the student a deeper understanding of human history through study of the materials that ancient civilizations have left behind. What is an MA in Archaeology? An MA in archaeology educates the student for hands-on archaeolo… Read more

A Master of Arts degree in archeology may be appropriate for post-baccalaureate students who seek a career in practical research or archeological fieldwork. An MA program allows the student a deeper understanding of human history through study of the materials that ancient civilizations have left behind.

What is an MA in Archaeology? An MA in archaeology educates the student for hands-on archaeological work, including recovering, handling, and interpreting artifacts in the field. The student will also receive instruction in a related cognitive field such as anthropology, history or art history. Many students choose to specialize in a certain time period or geographic area. Many schools offer different types of MA programs in archaeology, which may include Geoarchaeology, Archeological Heritage Management, Comparative Art and Archaeology and many others.

By advancing their education in archaeology to the MA level, students will gain both practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge in the field. This degree may be ideal for someone who is not ready to commit to the field’s traditional graduate level plan of achieving a Ph.D. If this is the case, the MA degree can be used as a stepping stone to a Ph.D later on in the student’s career; or can become a valuable part of the educational background of an individual who chooses to specialize in a related field.

The cost of achieving an MA varies widely based on academic institution, location, and program length.  Students will want to take the time to make some cost comparisons before deciding on a program.

The holder of an MA in archaeology may have several different career paths to choose from. Museums, government agencies, and academic institutions are examples of possible employers of degree-holders at the MA level. An MA holder may be qualified to become a project archaeologist – who oversees excavations, handles budgets and writes proposals - or a manager at a cultural research management firm.

Online courses allow students to study for their MA in archeology in ways that complement their individual lifestyles. They can often be taken at any time and from anywhere. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.


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University of Malta
Msida, Malta

The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum. Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeol ... +

The M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology is offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the Western Australian Museum. Through the M.A. in Global Maritime Archaeology students will garner knowledge of a broad range of facets that fall within this discipline. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

This two-year programme focuses on top-quality interdisciplinary research and the acquisition of high-level research skills. This offers a strong basis for an academic career ... +

This two-year programme focuses on top-quality interdisciplinary research and the acquisition of high-level research skills. This offers a strong basis for an academic career in archaeology. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

This programme is specifically designed to meet the demands within research, field archaeology and cultural heritage management. It combines high scientific and theoretical st ... +

This programme is specifically designed to meet the demands within research, field archaeology and cultural heritage management. It combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training. You will be taught how to excavate and document the past, how to apply the latest digital technologies for documentation and visualisation, how to analyse artefacts and other archaeological materials, how to analyse buildings and landscapes, and how to communicate your findings and research results to a wider audience. We offer Sweden's only international MA programme in archaeology and ancient history, as well as a rich, multidisciplinary teaching and research environment. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 

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Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The goal of the program is to train professionals who are capable of practicing archaeology with their acquired general knowledge in archaeology and in selected specialization ... +

The goal of the program is to train professionals who are capable of practicing archaeology with their acquired general knowledge in archaeology and in selected specializations. The program provides comprehensive knowledge of a number of fields in the archaeology of Central Europe and Eurasia. It focuses on topics such as the archaeology of rituals, the archaeology of art, styles, and identities, the archaeology of war, the archaeology of feasts and food, social archaeology, the archaeology of death, trade, transport, and mobility. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 
University of Haifa, International School
Haifa, Israel

The program focuses on the prehistory and paleoenvironment of the Mount Carmel region and each student can choose to specialize in one of many relevant topics, such as lithic, ... +

The program focuses on the prehistory and paleoenvironment of the Mount Carmel region and each student can choose to specialize in one of many relevant topics, such as lithic, faunal, geological and palynological studies. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2022
31 May 2022
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Theory meets practice in this unique Archaeology program that’s offered jointly by the VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. You’ll benefit from a strong theoretical f ... +

Theory meets practice in this unique Archaeology program that’s offered jointly by the VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam. You’ll benefit from a strong theoretical focus as well as practice-oriented modules in which you’ll interpret field data and study archaeological materials first-hand. -
MA
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master's course? At the MA in Archaeology, you can choose between the Master's track in Classica ... +

Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master's course? At the MA in Archaeology, you can choose between the Master's track in Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology and the Master's track in Prehistory and Protohistory of Northwest Europe. -
MA
Full-time
Dutch
01 Sep 2023
01 May 2023
Campus
 
University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus

The University of Cyprus has launched a new Master's degree program in Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea. Its aim is to provide advanced knowledge and research train ... +

The University of Cyprus has launched a new Master's degree program in Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea. Its aim is to provide advanced knowledge and research training opportunities in a dynamic learning environment, combining theory with hands-on experience in the field and in the laboratory. -
MA
Full-time
3 semesters
English
Campus
 
Unitelma Sapienza
Rome, Italy +10 More

The inter-university Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology is jointly awarded by Sapienza University of Rome and UnitelmaSapienza and represents a great innovation among It ... +

The inter-university Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology is jointly awarded by Sapienza University of Rome and UnitelmaSapienza and represents a great innovation among Italian university courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Sapienza University of Rome are combined with UnitelmaSapienza University's online tools, providing Italian and international users with an exclusive and prestigious training project. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This programme is a unique opportunity to study the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, pai ... +

This programme is a unique opportunity to study the History of Art and/or Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Students concentrate on architecture, sculpture, painting and the decorative arts and have the option of pursuing topics and approaches more archaeological in focus. They consider theoretical and methodological questions and are invited to question the relevance of the disciplinary distinction between History of Art and Archaeology to the study of the non-Western world. Courses cover a time period spanning from antiquity to present-day, contemporary art. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
26 Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 
University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Uncover your passion for archaeology and discover more about the physical remains of the ancient world with our Antiquity MA: Archaeology pathway. This is the degree for you i ... +

Uncover your passion for archaeology and discover more about the physical remains of the ancient world with our Antiquity MA: Archaeology pathway. This is the degree for you if you enjoyed studying the ancient world as an undergraduate and would now like to study its archaeology in greater depth and at a higher level, or if you want to develop and expand your existing expertise in archaeology. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

The Institute of Archaeology and the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites students from all over the world to study the history and culture of the Lan ... +

The Institute of Archaeology and the Rothberg School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites students from all over the world to study the history and culture of the Land of the Bible, in the Bronze and Iron Ages, through archaeology, text, and ancient languages. The rich program incorporates both studies in the classroom and in the field, as the students are required to participate in major excavations and surveys conducted by top researchers of the Institute. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)
New York, USA

The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers programs of instruction in the history, theory, and criticism of art and archaeology. These programs are intended to prepa ... +

The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers programs of instruction in the history, theory, and criticism of art and archaeology. These programs are intended to prepare students for careers in scholarship and teaching and in curatorial work and museum administration, as well as for independent research and critical writing. The department offers one of the richest graduate programs in the discipline, and students are encouraged to take advantage of its variety of subjects and approaches. -
MA
English
 
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, USA

The Department offers graduate students the opportunity to study the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East and explore the interconnected histories and cultu ... +

The Department offers graduate students the opportunity to study the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean and the Near East and explore the interconnected histories and cultures of these areas. -
MA
English
Campus
 
Lipscomb University
Nashville, USA

Prepare for a terminal degree that leads to a career in archaeology with Lipscomb University’s Master of Arts in Archaeology. In this program you will develop core knowledge, ... +

Prepare for a terminal degree that leads to a career in archaeology with Lipscomb University’s Master of Arts in Archaeology. In this program you will develop core knowledge, acquire skills and engage in professional experiences that will equip you to practice archaeology in the field or to teach in a humanities-based discipline. -
MA
English