Archaeology, M.A. | Cornell University | Ithaca, United States
12 months
20800 USD/year
20800 USD/year
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The MA Program in Archaeology at Cornell University is designed to provide students with an intensive orientation to the field, appropriate to both students with BA degrees in the liberal arts who have considerable experience in archaeology and those seeking to build a solid foundation for future work or study.


The goal of the program in Archaeology, offered by Cornell University, is to offer students the intellectual resources and institutional support necessary to prepare them for successful admissions to top tier PhD programs and for careers in heritage management.

Cornell archaeology supports a diverse array of interests, ranging from material culture studies to public archaeology, historic preservation, and archaeological method and theory. Archaeology at Cornell is deeply committed to multidisciplinary studies. Faculty in Archaeology belong to the fields of Anthropology, Classics, History of Art, Landscape Architecture, and Near Eastern Studies.

The ideal trajectory toward the MA should result in the completion of all requirements within 12-18 months, although extensions to 24 months are allowed when warranted by a student’s research program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Show understanding of the history and current methods and theories in archaeology;
  • Keep abreast of current advances in one’s field and related areas;
  • Show commitment to professional development through engagement in professional societies and other modes of knowledge exchange;
  • Show commitment to sustaining a productive learning environment through teaching, collaboration, mentoring, and/or other means.
  • Learn advanced research skills
  • Perform critical analysis of one’s own and others’ findings;
  • Communicate research appropriately.

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • African archaeology
  • Archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus and Eurasia
  • Latin American and Caribbean archaeology
  • Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology
  • South and East Asian archaeology
  • North American archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • three recommendations
  • writing sample (20-25 pages, double spaced)
  • GRE scores are not required

Tuition Fee

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    20800 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 20800 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20800 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Ithaca

1128 - 2460 USD /month
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