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Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #219 (QS) ,
The Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures program from Tel-Aviv University offers a unique window into the archaeology and history of ancient Israel, Israel's neighboring countries and their perplexing and complex past.


Taught in one of Israel's foremost higher education institutions, our program is the only one of it's kind in Israel and in the world, allowing students from a variety of countries across the globe to study the archaeology and history of the Land of the bible IN the Land of the Bible.

The Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures program from Tel-Aviv University offers the opportunity to gain fieldwork experience in the most exciting excavations conducted in Israel by TAU scholars, while providing the most up-to-date, modern and scientific tools to the area's archaeological and historical studies.

Program Highlights

  • Our geographic location. Our students get the unique opportunity of exploring the Land of the Bible, in the places where it actually took place – participating in some of the World's most popular excavations in Masada, Jerusalem's City of David, Megiddo and more.
  • Our Staff. Taught by world-renowned archaeological scholars, in one of Israel most prestigious educational institutions, the program provides academic knowledge, practical experience and ancient language skills.
  • ​Career opportunities Coming from a variety of backgrounds, our alumni often choose to stay in the field of Archaeology, and, upon completing their theses, find an occupation within the field of archaeology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • An Introduction to Field Archaeology: Theory and Method
  • The archaeology and history of the land of Israel throughout the periods: Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age 
  • The archaeology and history of the land of Israel throughout the periods: Iron Age 
  • The archaeology and history of the land of Israel throughout the periods: Late Persian and Hellenistic Periods
  • Objects in Context

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description
       1 year, with an additional Thesis Year option.
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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General Requirements

  • In order to be admitted we request our applicants to submit documents (listed below), to have a total average grade of 3.0, 80% or B in their BA degree from an accredited academic institution and submit English proficiency exam (if relevant). We accept students from all academic backgrounds.
  • Official BA transcript is mandatory + official transcripts for any transferred credits (if relevant). Please send the original document. Not a copy or a scan.
  • Additional diplomas and transcripts are optional. Please note: Transcripts must be submitted in their original language (for example German, Chinese etc.) and in English. Transcripts in English must be official from the university itself
  • Diploma (for applicants who finished their BA before 2016)
  • Two letters of recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15000 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Tel Aviv

  • 4103 - 6890 ILS/month
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