Ancient Israel Studies

Ancient Israel Studies

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Program Length: 1 year, with an additional thesis year option.

Tuition: $11,000


Language of instruction: English

Admissions requirements:

- Students must have a GPA above 3 or 80%.

- Students who are not native English speakers and have not completed their undergraduate studies in English in an English-speaking country will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Minimal IELTS requirements: Overall band score of 7.0.

Minimal TOEFL requirements: Paper-based test – 573, computer-based test – 230, internet-based test – 79.

Application Deadline:

Ongoing rolling admissions

The Awarded Degree: MA in the International Program in Ancient Israel Studies

Study Archaeology & History of the Bible, IN the Land of the Bible!


Earn your MA in one year and gain experience for a lifetime at Tel Aviv University. Our Institute of Archaeology is consistently top-rated globally for game-changing research, elite academics, our distinguished faculty, and world-class scholars specializing in Biblical Archaeology. Study history where it all began, in the modern, thriving Mediterranean City of Tel Aviv, a city that never sleeps.

Program Overview


The International MA in Ancient Israel Studies at Tel Aviv University is an intensive one-year MA, taught entirely in English.

The unique program puts students at the forefront of archaeological, historical, and biblical research. The combination of classroom, field trips and archeological excavation season in the summer provides an intellectual and social component like no other program. The vibrant and nurturing environment of the program is unparalleled and prepares students for an academic or professional global career in Archaeology.



The Program at a Glance:

  • Learn state-of-the-art methods of field archaeology and engage on the fault lines between archaeology and biblical text.
  • Excavate the world’s most iconic archaeological sites; Masada, Jerusalem's City of David, Tel Azeka, Tel Moza, and more.
  • Learn and work side by side in the field with world-renowned archaeological scholars.
  • Acquire an ancient language. The program offers a different ancient language course every year, including Akkadian, Hittite, Ancient Egyptian, and Biblical Hebrew
  • Earn your MA in one year, well prepared for an academic or professional career.




The Field is Our Classroom



Integral to the curriculum, students participate in comprehensive field trips to archaeological sites in Israel from north to south throughout the year.

  • Tel Dan
  • Tel Hazor
  • Bet Shean
  • Tel Megiddo
  • Tel Lachish
  • Bet Guvrin
  • Tel Beer Sheva
  • Timna

And more.


Uncover the ancient world using the latest technology & methods developed in our state-of-the-art laboratories.





Our institute is at the nexus of sciences and humanities studies. In our labs, we are working with primary materials; stone tools, pottery, glass, bone, metal objects, and textiles, fresh out of the ground from our excavations. Well equipped with high-tech instruments, the latest field methodologies in Archaeological Sciences are developed here.


Our Research Labs:

  • Ceramic Restoration Lab
  • Zooarchaeology Lab
  • Laboratory of Archaeometallurgy
  • Archaeobotany Lab
  • Laboratory of Metal Conservation
  • Ceramic Petrography Lab
  • Laboratory of Computational Archaeology
  • Graphic documentation studio


Join students from across the world for a unique international experience

For over 10 years running, the program draws upon students from all over the globe to study Archaeology with a specialization in Biblical History, in the Land of the Bible.


Learn among distinguished scholars

Our award-winning faculty are leading researchers, world-renowned experts, and top scholars specializing in:

  • Early and Late Iron Age,
  • Numismatics, Textiles and Pottery
  • Maritime Archeology
  • Classical Periods
  • Maritime Archeology
  • Prehistory
  • Biblical Archeology
  • Ancient Languages
  • Ancient Cultures of the Levant

     and much more.


Hear from the Head of the Program, Prof. Oded Lipschits:



Academic Track Options

  • One year MA in Ancient Israel Studies
  • One year MA in Ancient Israel Studies with thesis (an additional year)
  • Accredited PhD track



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