Ancient Israel Studies

Ancient Israel Studies

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Registration is open for:

Program Length: 1 year, with an additional Thesis Year option.

Language of instruction: English

Admissions requirements:

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

- Students who are not native English speakers and who have not completed their undergraduate studies in English at 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:

Rolling Admissions

In case of restrictions connected to the COVID-19 situation, please note that the program has put in place an alternative of long distance learning. If physical presence is not possible, you will be able to participate in your courses remotely and once permitted, resume them in person without this affecting your ability to complete the program.


During the fall semester, the program will be operating under a hybrid model offering in-person/online classes. If physical presence is not possible, you will be able to participate in your courses remotely and complete your program within the scheduled timeframe.  Click here for arrival instructions.





Study the land of the Bible IN the land of the Bible.  Step into Israel's ancient history, its neighboring countries, and learn about the region’s perplexing past dating back to biblical times.


The International M.A. in Ancient Israel Studies program offers the academic knowledge and practical fieldwork experience in the most exciting excavation locations in the world. 


As a student in this program, you will study with world-renowned archaeological scholars, while you gain academic knowledge, practical experience, and ancient language skills.  


Each of our excavations is led by our faculty, where you are working with up-to-date, modern, scientific tools in the area's archaeological and historical studies.


Program Highlights

  • Geographic location - Participate in some of the world's most popular excavations in Masada, Jerusalem's City of David, Megiddo and more.

  • Scholars in the field - Study with world-renowned archaeological scholars who will give you the academic knowledge, practical experience, and skills 

  • Off-campus field-trips - Visit the archaeological sites and excavations you will be studying about in class for an outdoor experience. 

  • Optional thesis track available


Career Opportunities

Coming from a variety of backgrounds, our alumni often choose to stay in the field of Archaeology, carving out successful and satisfying careers at research institutions and organizations both in Israel and abroad such as: The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Nature and Parks Authority, the Society for the Protection of Nature, the Israel Existing Foundation (KKL)*.  Additional roles include:

  • Museum curation

  • Consultation for cultural resource and heritage firms

  • Teaching and management roles 


*Applicable to holders of an Israeli ID or work visa


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