The M.A. program in archaeology aims to provide students with intellectual tools for functioning as independent researchers in a wide range of archaeological activities such as field work (excavations and surveys) and analysis of various types of finds. Since archaeological excavations constitute an unrepeatable and irreversible process, training as active archaeologists requires a high degree of professionalism and specialization.
An M.A. degree can be obtained through studies in either the research-oriented program or the non-research program. In both programs students can specialize in one or in two sections of the Institute of Archaeology (for example, prehistoric archaeology only, or prehistoric and biblical archaeology). Students are required to take a certain proportion of courses from departments and disciplines outside the Institute of Archaeology (selected in consultation with their advisors), which must be relevant to the topics of study for the M.A. degree in archaeology.
M.A. in Archaeology in the Land of the Bible for International Students
The Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology in conjunction with the Rothberg International School now offers a degree combining formal classroom studies and hands-on field experience at excavations and surveys. The M.A. in Archaeology in the Land of the Bible examines the history and culture of ancient Israel during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Students will acquire proficiency in the academic fields of archaeology, ancient texts, and ancient languages.
In the classroom, you will study with top scholars at the Hebrew University. In the field, you will complement your studies as a participant in major excavations and surveys where you will gain hands-on experience. In your scholarly analysis, you will be aided by the cutting-edge facilities of the Institute of Archaeology, including the Computerized Archaeological Laboratory (with 3D scanning), the Laboratory for Archaeological Materials and Ancient Technologies, and the Institute’s renowned Collection Room.
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