Boston University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
54720 USD/year
54720 USD/year
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The MA in Archaeology at Boston University prepares students for professional careers in museums and in public and private cultural resource management and heritage work as well as for further study towards the PhD in Archaeology or a related field.


The intent of the Archaeology program at Boston University is to provide appropriate education and training in the recovery, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological materials and contexts while assuring sufficient background in one or more cognate fields, such as classics, art history, anthropology, and history. The program includes classroom and practical training in the quantitative methods and scientific techniques employed in the analysis, dating, and interpretation of archaeological finds, either within the framework of the Archaeology curriculum or within that of other departments or programs.

Applicants must have a BA or BS, preferably from a program in archaeology or one related to archaeology (such as anthropology or classical studies, with a concentration in archaeology). Students lacking sufficient preparation in archaeology will be required to take courses, as determined by the Graduate Studies Committee, to make up the deficiency. On occasion these courses may be beyond the minimum specified by the Graduate School.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a broad and deep mastery of the research topics and theoretical frameworks common in contemporary archaeology.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the methods by which to compare different world regions.
  • Demonstrate competency in scientific methods common in contemporary archaeology, to the level of being able to evaluate scholarly arguments that employ such methods.
  • Demonstrate competency in contemporary archaeological ethics, to the level of being able to conduct their own scholarly activities ethically.
  • Successfully incorporate core knowledge of archaeological topics, theory, science, and ethics into their own area of inquiry within the larger discipline.
  • Undertake independent archaeological research, in the field or lab, equivalent to a minimum of 4.0 credit hours (5 weeks).
  • Produce and defend, in both written and oral forms, original and significant contributions to knowledge about the human past recorded in the archaeological record.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Contemporary Theory in Archaeology
  • Archaeological Ethics and the Law
  • World Archaeology
  • Scientific Methods in Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Three recommendations
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose
  • Scholarly writing sample
  • A completed, signed International Student Data Form or International Applicant Coversheet.
  • Copy of the personal information page of your current passport.
  • Copies of all current visas, if applicable.
  • Financial support documentation (Sponsorship Certification and Bank Statement).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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