Top Schools with Archaeology Graduate Programs

Learn about graduate degree programs in archaeology offered by three of the top schools in the U.S. Discover the schools' rankings, degrees offered and program curriculum.

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Two of the most well-known American universities, Yale University and Columbia University, offer excellent archaeology programs at the graduate level. Both are located on the East Coast of the US and have been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the top five best universities in the nation. The archaeology graduate programs can prepare students for a range of cultural careers, not excluding education. Although Yale offers a master's degree program, Columbia University offers both master's and doctoral programs, which may be personalized in conjunction with other departments at the university.

1. Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight: Yale University is third on the U.S. News & World Report 2015 list of the best universities in the nation.

Its master's program in archaeological studies is composed of eight courses and requires a graduate thesis. Students are given three years to finish this degree program. Yale's master's program prepares students for a variety of careers in education and cultural areas. The program also provides continuing education for archeologists and other professionals. Course credits are designed to be transferable to schools that offer Ph.D. programs in this field.

2. Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Columbia University is ranked fourth on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top national universities.

Columbia offers Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy programs in archaeology through its Department of Anthropology and Department of Art History and Archaeology. For the first three years of their study, students take coursework and may work as teaching assistants for undergraduate courses. Columbia allows Ph.D. candidates to take courses at other institutions such as Teacher's College or Princeton University through the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium. After the third year, students receive their MPhil and are free to travel for their research. The final step of the Ph.D. program is a dissertation, which should take no more than seven years to complete.

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Top Schools with Archaeology Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Archaeology graduate program ranked 5th in the nation by the Society for American Archaeology Tempe, AZ
Cornell University Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies has field schools in several locations, including Bulgaria, Armenia, Cyprus, Israel and Italy Ithaca, NY
Johns Hopkins University Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum collection includes artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, and the ancient Americas Baltimore, MD
New York University Anthropology department maintains connections with groups like the Smithsonian Institute, American Museum of Natural History and the Center for American Archaeology, which help to provide opportunities for students New York, NY
Ohio State University Archaeology graduate students pursue field work in Eastern U.S., Europe, Mesoamerica and the Near East Columbus, OH
Stanford University Stanford Archaeology Center gives students access to two workshop-style seminars per week, as well as four lectures from distinguished individuals in the field each year Stanford, CA
University of California - Berkeley Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology program students and faculty currently conducting research in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Greece Berkeley, CA
University of California - Los Angeles University is home to the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, which conducts research on The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project Los Angeles, CA
University of Florida Florida Museum of Natural History is located on the university's campus and it facilitates grad student research in areas like Haiti and the Dominican Republic, as well as locations around Florida Gainesville, FL
University of Texas at Austin Links to other departments, including Geography, Classics, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Social, Cultural, and Biological Anthropology Austin, TX
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