Top Schools with Archaeology Graduate Programs

Jul 27, 2018

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. View article »

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Prospective archaeology graduate students can find both master's and doctoral degrees in the field. Some schools also offer dual degrees with other subjects. Three excellent universities for graduate-level studies in archaeology are Yale University, Columbia University, and Arizona State University. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The archaeology graduate programs can prepare students for a range of cultural careers, not excluding education. Let's take an in-depth look at these schools.

Yale University in New Haven, CT

Yale is currently 3rd on the U.S. News & World Report 2017 list of 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.

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia, ranked 5th on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top national universities, offers Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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 M.Phil. 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.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University was ranked the #1 most innovative school in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The school offers a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology. Students in this program undertake interdisciplinary research in the social and natural sciences. Field research takes place at sites around the world. ASU's regional strengths include Eastern North America, Southwestern United States, Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Western Eurasia. The school also has a particularly strong offering in topics such as food production, ancient urban societies, and socio-natural landscapes, among others. For 2017, the national ranking for Arizona State University was #129, per U.S. News & World Report.

Top Schools for Archaeology Studies

Here are some more top schools with strong graduate-level archaeology programs:

School Name Location Distinction
Cornell University Ithaca, NY Has Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, which has field schools in several locations, including Bulgaria, Armenia, Cyprus, Israel, and Italy
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD The Archaeological Museum's collection includes artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, and the ancient Americas
New York University New York, NY Maintains group connections with the Smithsonian Institute, American Museum of Natural History, and the Center for American Archaeology, which help to provide opportunities for archaeology students
Ohio State University Columbus, OH Archaeology graduate students pursue field work in Eastern U.S., Europe, Mesoamerica, and the Near East
Stanford University Stanford, CA The 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
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA The Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology program has students and faculty currently conducting research in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Home to the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, which conducts research on The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 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
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Links to other departments, including Geography, Classics, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Social, Cultural, and Biological Anthropology

Prospective graduate students in archaeology can find programs in the field at top universities. Master's and doctoral degrees may be offered specifically in the field, and some schools offer archaeology as a concentration within a broader program like anthropology.

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