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Maritime Civilizations (Underwater & Coastal Archaeology)


UHaifa International’s Master of Arts in Maritime Civilizations (Underwater & Coastal Archaeology), offers an exceptional opportunity to literally dive deep and discover. Leveraging the Mediterranean Sea as a natural lab, the program explores the history, archaeology, anthropology, and fabric of seafaring societies underwater, on shore, and in cutting-edge laboratories, shedding light on human-sea relations in both ancient and modern times.

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:
  • Trains the next generation of maritime-oriented researchers, environmental activists, policy makers, consultants, and educators.
  • Combines advanced knowledge with ongoing active research and exploration of harbors, ships, seafaring in labs on campus and at sea, to understand human-sea interactions and address maritime heritage challenges.
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum includes coastal and underwater archaeology, ancient ship construction, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geoarchaeology, and archaeozoology.
  • Develops in-depth knowledge and practical research with special attention to the effects of human interaction with the Mediterranean Sea on shore and underwater.
  • Qualifies and certifies excavating coastal and underwater archaeologists.
  • Conducts ongoing, active research on shore, underwater and in state-of-the-art laboratories both on campus and in the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.
  • Experiential ship construction course and research cruise included!
  • Competitive scholarships for eligible students pursuing the thesis track.
 One Year, One Degree

Our one-year international master’s program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September, awarding graduates a Master of Arts (MA) in Maritime Civilizations.

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. Debbie Cvikel
Highlighted Courses

Coastal and Underwater Geoarchaeology

Animals and Humans in Mediterranean Societies

Nautical History and Archaeology

Research Cruise – Ecological Survey

Advanced Field Methods in Coastal and Underwater Archaeology

Ship Construction

Summer Projects including Biology and Ecology, Coastal and Underwater Archaeology

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice

Admissions Requirements
  • BA degree in the Humanities or Social Sciences with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, 80% (B) (Israeli system), or equivalent in all undergraduate courses.
  • Good command of the English language.
Application documents
  • Copy of undergraduate diploma and official transcript of BA degree showing full list of courses, date of graduation, and conferred degree.
  • Two recommendations 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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