Industrial Archaeology

Michigan Technological University

12 months
12825 USD/year
12825 USD/year
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Industrial archaeologists record, interpret, and preserve industrial and engineering-related artifacts, sites, and systems in their cultural and historical contexts. Industrial archaeology generally applies to the study of industry since the Industrial Revolution, and it can include sites as old as seventeenth-century iron forges or as recent as twentieth-century steel mills.

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Our interdisciplinary approach fuses archaeology, historic preservation, the history of technology, material culture, the history of architecture, and anthropology. Hands-on fieldwork, archaeological surveys, and excavation—as well as architectural, historical, and archival research - reflect the emphasis upon the material remains of industry.

The MS in Industrial Archaeology prepares students for careers in cultural resource management firms or for additional academic study. Most students complete the program in two years, including a summer of field work at the West Point Foundry site, in Cold Spring, New York.

Michigan Tech’s Archaeology Laboratory supports the processing, documenting, and cataloging of artifacts from field excavations.

Programme Structure

Fast Facts

  • Michigan Tech offers one of the few industrial archaeology programs in the world.
  • Industrial archaeology faculty members serve on the boards of professional and scholarly organizations and have won awards for their publications.
  • The industrial archaeology graduate programs maintain close ties with the Michigan Historical Center, the US Forest Service, and the National Park Service. We take advantage of our proximity to the many historical industrial sites within the Keweenaw National Historical Park, Isle Royale National Park, and the Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forests.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 credits alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • GRE
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Résumé / Curriculum vitae
  • IA-related Writing Sample
  • TOEFL: Recommended score of 100 iBT
  • IELTS: Recommended Overall Band Score of 7.0

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12825 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12825 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    12825 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12825 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


The majority of financial assistance for graduate students at Michigan Tech comes from assistantships. An assistantship includes a stipend, and a proportional amount of tuition and academic fees for full-time enrollment. Assistantship duties are designed to enhance your graduate education experience and provide professional development opportunities.

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