2015-16 Academic Program


Over the course of the first two semesters of theoretical practicum, students will explore the periods between the late-second millennium BCE through the Roman Period. This will be done through the study of archaeological finds, biblical text and Ancient Near Eastern texts that illuminate the economic and social structures, diplomatic and political relations and religious practices of the inhabitants of ancient Israel, as well as tours of archaeological sites.
The third (summer) semester consists of four to six weeks of field excavation* at one of the archaeological projects run by Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archaeology.

To reach the 32 academic hours needed for the Master’s degree, each student will participate in:

  • 4 Introductory courses (8 credit points in total) 
  • 4 Complementary courses (8 credit points in total)
  • 3 Seminars (12 credit points in total) 
  • Ancient language course (4 credit points in total)
  • 8 Field trips 
  • 4 Weeks of excavation
  • 2 Excavation courses**

* The program’s tuition includes four weeks of excavations, paid separately to the Tel Azekah/ Megiddo expeditions. Extension of digs for an additional two weeks is optional and will include an additional fee as indicated in the excavation project official websites.

** Courses not calculated in the overall final average grade of the degree, but will appear in the transcript.


Students who will meet the second year requirements will be able to move on to a one year thesis track program, in the course of which they will participate in theoretical seminars, language courses (upon requirement), and a research workshop – all in addition to their continuous work on their individual research and thesis paper.


PhD students from Israel and abroad are welcomed to apply to our credited courses track, in which they will be able to choose from the variety of courses offered by the program (see curriculum below) and participate in all of the program’s social and archaeological activities along with the students of the program.


Introductory courses

Complementary courses


Ancient Language:
Ancient Greek for Beginners

Field Trips

4 Weeks of Excavation

*** Please note that the program may be subject to changes.