Master of Arts in Archaeology in the Land of the Bible

General

Program Description

General Information

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 (for example, Tel Hazor, Tel Qedesh, and Tel Abel Beth Maacah), as well as in multiple field trips to archaeological sites in Jerusalem and around the country. A special aspect of the program will entail hands-on experience in many aspects of material culture, both theoretical and practical, utilizing the cutting-edge facilities of the Institute of Archaeology, including the Collection Room, the Computerized Archaeological Laboratory (3D scanning), and the Laboratory for Archaeological Materials and Ancient Technologies.

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Unique Value Proposition - Why Us? 

The program will be taught by leading renowned Hebrew University faculty members and, in addition to the high-level academic program, will provide a unique opportunity to engage in hands-on studies, both in the field and in the cutting-edge facilities of the Institute, including a one-of-a-kind Collection Room that includes an enormous study-collection of pottery and other finds. The location in Jerusalem provides a unique opportunity to easily access important archaeological sites, museums, and other world-renown facilities that this fascinating, historical city has to offer. 

The Program Offers

  • Study tours (Archaeological sites and Museums)
  • Excavations and surveys
  • Study collections
  • Analytic laboratories
  • Internships 
  • Specialized Library 

Details

Application Period: to be announced. Late applications reviewed on a space-available basis. 

Tuition: 10,550 $

Structure of the Program 

Non-Research Track: One full year (October 2021 – September 2022) – mandatory (two semesters + 3-week excavation), with requirements of 40 class credit points + two seminar papers (8 seminar credit points)   

Research Track: Two full years (October 2021 – September 2023), with requirements of 36 class credits + one seminar paper + MA Thesis + integrative exam.

Courses

Provided as an example only and subject to change:

  • Bronze Age City-States: The Canaanites
  • Iron Age Kingdoms: Israel, Judah, and their neighbors 
  • Ancient Pottery in Its Near Eastern Context 
  • Text & Spade (Seminar): Canaanite Cult
  • In the Shadow of Egyptian Domination

Eligibility

Students from all academic backgrounds. B.A. grade average  – 80 (minimum).

Admission and Requirements 

  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV: Work Experience, Volunteering, etc.  
  • GPA
  • English proficiency 
  • Supplementary courses may be required 
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-20 ... Read More

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-205 best out of the top 800 institutions in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the British magazine Times Higher Education. HUJI was the only Israeli university to place in the world’s top 200 universities in the rankings. Read less