16 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 Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Birmingham, United Kingdom

This programme focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes.

This programme focuses on cultural interpretation in archaeology, both in relation to specific cultures/periods and current research themes. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Sep 2020
01 Jul 2020
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
Campus
 
University of Malta
Valletta, 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
3 semesters
English
Oct 2020
Campus
 
Unitelma Sapienza
Rome, Italy +10 More

The Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology represents a great innovation among Italian universities courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Rome Sapienza University ... +

The Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology represents a great innovation among Italian universities courses. The renowned studies in Archaeology of Rome Sapienza University are combined with the online tools of Unitelma Sapienza University which provides Italian and international users with an exclusive and prestigious training project. This Master's Degree is an inter-university degree awarded jointly by the two partner universities. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Online
 
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
Feb 2020
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

The MA Archaeology (Research) has been designated the best graduate program in Archaeology in the Netherlands, for two years in a row. The program offers a combination of taug ... +

The MA Archaeology (Research) has been designated the best graduate program in Archaeology in the Netherlands, for two years in a row. The program offers a combination of taught courses and (a broad range of) elective components, with a challenging multidisciplinary approach. There is close monitoring of progress and intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups. -
MA
Full-time
24 months
English
01 Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus
 
University of Southern Denmark
Esbjerg, Denmark

The new postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology...

The new postgraduate programme in Maritime Archaeology is designed for students who are interested in a professional career in maritime archaeology... -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museology.

This programme combines high scientific and theoretical standards with intensive practical training within Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museology. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan. Students consider a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanes ... +

This programme is an unrivalled opportunity to study the arts of China, Korea and Japan. Students consider a wide range of East Asian arts, from Chinese archaeology to Japanese prints, Korean installation works to Buddhist monuments, exploring their specificity and the links between them, in historical and contemporary periods. In many parts of East Asia, archaeological evidence is key to understanding early societies. The programme, therefore, relates excavated materials to the history of art. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
Midlands State University
Gweru, Zimbabwe

The general objectives are to: promote high conceptual and inquisitive skills in archaeological issues, develop competencies within specialist archaeological areas, generate i ... +

The general objectives are to: promote high conceptual and inquisitive skills in archaeological issues, develop competencies within specialist archaeological areas, generate interest for research in archaeology. -
MA
Full-time
4 semesters
Feb 2020
Campus
 
AUC The American University in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt +2 More

Studying Egyptology/Coptology at the graduate level is a unique opportunity for students, taking advantage of being in Egypt, having the chance to gain practical experience.

Studying Egyptology/Coptology at the graduate level is a unique opportunity for students, taking advantage of being in Egypt, having the chance to gain practical experience. -
MA
Full-time
Sep 2020
Campus
 
International Hellenic University (IHU)
Thessaloniki, Greece

The programme considers the history and the archaeology of ancient Macedonia, covering the region of Macedonia and the Macedonians from the Mycenaean period until the Roman er ... +

The programme considers the history and the archaeology of ancient Macedonia, covering the region of Macedonia and the Macedonians from the Mycenaean period until the Roman era. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
14 months
English
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Why were some people buried with gifts when others were not? How can GIS help us understand patterns of land use in the hinterland of Rome? In the MA in Archaeology: Classical ... +

Why were some people buried with gifts when others were not? How can GIS help us understand patterns of land use in the hinterland of Rome? In the MA in Archaeology: Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, you will learn to find the answer to these and other puzzles of Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology. The program is part of the Archaeology Master program and builds on the knowledge and skills obtained in a BA program of Archaeology. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

Why did people choose to inhabit the Dutch coastal plain during prehistory? What was the relevance of megalithic monuments to later prehistoric societies? In the MA in Archaeo ... +

Why did people choose to inhabit the Dutch coastal plain during prehistory? What was the relevance of megalithic monuments to later prehistoric societies? In the MA in Archaeology: Prehistory and Proto-history of Northwest Europe, you are trained to research and answer these types of questions. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
01 Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus
 
University of Groningen
Groningen, Netherlands

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

Do you want to follow an excellent, new, international, fully English-speaking Master 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
12 months
English, Dutch
01 Sep 2020
01 May 2020
Campus