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Historical Archaeology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (WUR) Boston, MA, United States
The Master of Arts in Historical Archaeology from University of Massachusetts Boston draws on anthropological archaeology and historical anthropology. The program thrives on using artifacts, documents, environmental data, landscapes, architecture, and oral history in its holistic anthropological studies of colonialism, imperialism,
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The Historical Archaeology M.A. from University of Massachusetts Boston program has a dual purpose: (1) to begin a student’s advanced degree path with coursework, research, and training that will successfully prepare her or him for completing graduate work at the PhD level and (2) to provide solid methodological, theoretical, and topical grounding for students seeking jobs in cultural resource management, museums, nonprofit organizations, secondary education, government agencies, or community colleges. 

These purposes are fulfilled with guided but diverse and flexible course offerings, many opportunities for laboratory and field research, and careful advising. The Historical Archaeology Graduate Program has an outstanding track record of positioning graduates to be competitive both for top-rate PhD programs (such as University of Pennsylvania, University of California Berkeley, Boston University, Yale University) and for exciting museum, heritage, public history and archaeology, historic preservation, and cultural resource management jobs.


You can do many things with an anthropology degree. Our alumni apply their learning to a wide range of fields including:

  • Education, as teachers and administrators at the elementary, secondary, and college level.
  • Public health, as epidemiologists whose training in human biology, the evolution of pathogens, and understanding of the health consequences of global phenomena such as war makes them uniquely qualified to study patterns of disease from biocultural perspectives.
  • Social service and advocacy/justice, as youth workers, health educators, nurses, international relief specialists, and supporters of Cultural Survival and similar organizations.

  • Museums and heritage tourism, as employees at the Boston Museum of Science, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, and the Peabody Museum at Harvard University.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Historical Archaeology
  • Archaeological Methods and Analysis
  • Graduate Seminar in Archaeology
  • Topics in Atlantic History
  • Public Archaeology
  • Seminar in the Prehistory of the Americas
  • Topics in Environmental Archaeology
  • Materials in Ancient Societies
  • Research Methods in Historical Anthropology
  • Culture Contact and Colonialism in the Americas
  • Anthropology of the Object: A Graduate Socio-Cultural Odyssey

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Application deadline for national students: March 1st

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Official Transcripts and Official English Translations
  • Evidence of Completion of a University-level Degree Program
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) Exam Scores
  • I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa
  • Completed "Transfer Verification Form", if needed
  • International Applicant Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17466 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17466 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14529 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14529 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    8948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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