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Archaeology, M.A. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

The MA Program in Archaeology at Cornell 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 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.

Contact Information

Website: http://ciams.cornell.edu/
Email: dsd6@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-6768

261 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • African archaeology
  • archaeological science (minor)
  • archaeology of Europe, the Caucasus and Eurasia
  • economy and exchange (minor)
  • identity (minor)
  • intercultural engagement (minor)
  • landscape and environment (minor)
  • Latin American and Caribbean archaeology
  • materiality
  • Mediterranean and Near Eastern archaeology
  • museums and heritage (minor)
  • North American archaeology
  • politics and complexity (minor)
  • ritual and religion (minor)
  • South and East Asian archaeology
  • visual culture (minor)

Tuition

2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 15

Requirements Summary:

Applicants must submit GRE general test scores and a sample of their work (generally one or two papers) for review by the admissions committee.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Assessment

Archaeology Goals

  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing archaeological scholarship
    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

More information about assessment in the graduate field of archaeology.