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44 Masters Programs in Archaeology

A master's degree is an opportunity for college graduates to specialize in a field of study. Completing the degree often involves taking a number of required courses and undertaking an individual research project. What is a Master in Archaeology? Archaeology is the mapping of human history through the study of physical artifacts. Master's degree students in this field have quite a bit to learn, in… Read more

A master's degree is an opportunity for college graduates to specialize in a field of study. Completing the degree often involves taking a number of required courses and undertaking an individual research project.

What is a Master in Archaeology? Archaeology is the mapping of human history through the study of physical artifacts. Master's degree students in this field have quite a bit to learn, including excavation techniques. Before participating at an excavation worksite, students must hone the technical worksite skills that will allow them to carefully uncover and properly preserve artifacts. The program curriculum can also involve courses in human history, anthropology and art history. Those students who are looking to focus their careers on a given geographic area may also need to take regional studies classes.

The clearest benefit to this path of study is the opportunity it grants students to uncover history. Archaeology can be very rewarding work, particularly when it comes to excavating and interpreting ancient artifacts. The coursework of these programs often allows students a fair amount of field research time, which gives them a sense for this perk of the discipline.

In terms of the expense to obtain a master's degree in archaeology, schools generally vary in terms of cost. If you would like to inquire about a program's tuition and enrollment fees, contact the admissions office directly.

A Master in Archaeology prepares students for rewarding work in the joint fields of archaeology and history. Apart from working as archaeologists, graduates can go on to pursue careers as research historians, professors and museum managers. These are intellectually stimulating and engaging professions that require a high level of expertise, and a Master in Archaeology provides the ideal foundation for these careers.

Students who are interested in learning more about the many archaeology programs around the world can begin their research with our searchable database. 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 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
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
2 years
English (UK)
01 Feb 2023
15 Oct 2022
Campus
 
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
 

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Leiden University
Leiden, Netherlands +9 More

In this programme a strong emphasis is placed on field archaeology, with an additional focus on ecology and geology.

In this programme a strong emphasis is placed on field archaeology, with an additional focus on ecology and geology. -
Master
Full-time
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
 
University of Padova
Padua, Italy

The Master’s degree acknowledges the recent scientific advances in the investigation of cultural heritage materials at different scales, from the site/landscape survey to diag ... +

The Master’s degree acknowledges the recent scientific advances in the investigation of cultural heritage materials at different scales, from the site/landscape survey to diagnostics at the molecular and atomic levels, and the interpretation of derived information. Based on truly interdisciplinary collaborations, the program offers the theoretical background and the necessary practical knowledge towards the application of scientific methods to archaeological and cultural heritage materials. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Oct 2022
Campus
 
Universidade Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The Master in Archeology and Ancient Sciences is a degree that, without being linked to a regulated profession, is directly related to the professional activity for which spec ... +

The Master in Archeology and Ancient Sciences is a degree that, without being linked to a regulated profession, is directly related to the professional activity for which specific training is required that is imparted in this degree. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Spanish, Gallegan
Sep 2022
13 Aug 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
 
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 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
 
Erasmus Mundus European Master in Archeological Materials Science (ARCHMAT)
Evora, Portugal +2 More

ARCHMAT aims is to provide students with specialized skills in archaeology and analytical characterization of materials from prehistory(Megalithic) to classical times (Greek a ... +

ARCHMAT aims is to provide students with specialized skills in archaeology and analytical characterization of materials from prehistory(Megalithic) to classical times (Greek and Roman). The study and conservation of Cultural Heritage materials is a research area with a strong multidisciplinary connotation and requires skills that span across the Humanities and Science research fields. ARCHMAT provides a common, integrated platform for excellent students coming from either Science or Humanities educational backgrounds to understand the advanced scientific methods used to investigate archaeological materials and aims to form highly specialized professional experts in the emerging field of Archaeometry, i.e Physico-Chemical Sciences applied to the study of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage materials. -
Master
Full-time
4 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master's Degree in Archaeological Research is justified by the academic importance achieved by this discipline in recent years, supported by a broad and growing research a ... +

The Master's Degree in Archaeological Research is justified by the academic importance achieved by this discipline in recent years, supported by a broad and growing research activity that it generates by itself, and the product of which are a series of theories and analysis models that They serve to understand the historical evolution, both national and international, of human societies from Prehistory to the present, as well as intercultural transfers. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2022
06 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Pavia
Pavia, Italy

This two-year English Language Master’s Degree course is offered by the Department of Humanities recognized as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education ... +

This two-year English Language Master’s Degree course is offered by the Department of Humanities recognized as a Department of Excellence by the Italian Ministry of Education for 2018-2022 and ranked top 30 in 2018 QS World Ranking for subject Classics & Ancient History. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy

The Master in Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage (ACRA) brings the study of the past and heritage to the future. With completely innovative options, designed specifical ... +

The Master in Applied Critical Archaeology and Heritage (ACRA) brings the study of the past and heritage to the future. With completely innovative options, designed specifically for this degree and dealing with aspects as diverse as critical archaeology, landscape, digital tools, and heritage studies, ACRA will provide students with all the skills needed to successfully forge their path within the professional sector and the international academic one alike. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Universidad de Cádiz
Cádiz, Spain

From the origin of humanity to the present, societies have maintained an intense and constant relationship with rivers, seas and oceans, which have conditioned their developme ... +

From the origin of humanity to the present, societies have maintained an intense and constant relationship with rivers, seas and oceans, which have conditioned their development and made up a significant part of their cultural heritage. The result is a specific culture that, inseparable from the historical evolution on the mainland, constitutes a cultural heritage whose research is essential for the global understanding of the genesis of today's society. Here lies the scope of study of this University Master's Degree. -
Master
Full-time
9 months
Spanish
Oct 2022
06 Jul 2022
Campus