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The UHaifa International Master of Arts in Archaeology offers an exceptional opportunity to dig deep into the past in one of the most dynamic centers of prehistoric research in the world providing a profound understanding of human evolution. Our program is an open invitation to literally explore and discover, in depth, the development of humanity and human culture through experiential learning.

Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a biosphere reserve bridging Europe, Asia and Africa, our hands-on fieldwork on Mount Carmel has revealed a nearly 500,000 year-long sequence of human evolution. Seen in caves, rock shelters, and open-air sites along mountain valleys and the nearby coastal plain, the findings here are unmatched by any other region in the world. These key sites have preserved critical evidence of the dynamic evolution of modern humans, previous Neanderthal populations, and human expansions out of Africa, alongside a magnitude of cultural, environmental, and agricultural challenges.

The program is part of the University of Haifa’s globally renowned School of Archaeology and Maritime Cultures (SAMC). The first of its kind to integrate the full scope of research domains on land, at sea, and in the lab under one roof, SAMC offers a prestigious international professional network and a fascinating learning environment.

Program Highlights:
  • A unique international program carried out in Mount Carmel -one of the world’s most dynamic centers of prehistoric research, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biosphere reserve bridging between Europe, Asia and Africa, unmatched by any other region in the world
  • The program’s hands-on fieldwork reveals a nearly 500,000 year-long sequence of human evolution exposed in caves, rock shelters and open-air sites along mountain valleys and the nearby coastal plain.
  • Key sites preserve evidence of modern humans, Neanderthal populations and ‘Out of Africa’ human expansions, alongside a magnitude of cultural, environmental and agricultural challenges within the dynamic evolution of mankind.
  • Ongoing practical training and exposure to advanced research and knowledge through excavations and workshops.
  • Exclusive access to other natural laboratories such as the Jordan Valley, Galilee and the Negev.
  • Learning and applying versatile data-driven tools to analyze and test anthropological theories.
  • Attractive scholarships for eligible students
One Year, One Degree

Our one-year international Master’s program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Graduates will be awarded a Master of Arts (MA) in Archaeology.

Students who choose to pursue the research track will submit their thesis within one year of completing their coursework. This may require an extended stay at the university.

Meet Prof. Reuben Yeshurun
Highlighted Courses

Archaeology in the South Levant
Mount Carmel Field Campus: Workshop
Near Eastern Prehistory
Introduction to Lithic technology: Workshop
Human Ecology in the Levant: Seminar

*Program is subject to change without notice.

Admission Requirements
  • Accredited BA degree in the humanities, natural or exact sciences.
  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (B) (Israeli system) or equivalent in all undergraduate classes.
  • Good command of the English language.
Application documents
  • Copy of official transcript of BA degree and undergraduate diploma, stating full list of courses, date of graduation and conferred degree level.
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • TOEFL – score 89 or alternative acceptable English language examination score
  • Personal Statement (500 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resumé.
  • Medical forms (international students only).
  • Copy of valid passport.
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