2016-17 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.
During the winter break and the third (summer) semester, students will actively participate in four weeks of field work at one/two of the following excavation sites*: Masada**, and/or Jerusalem (City of David)**.

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)
  • Academic writing workshop***
  • 6 Field trips 
  • 4 Weeks of excavation
  • 2 Excavation courses***

* The program’s tuition includes four weeks of excavations, paid separately to the expeditions in which the students will participate. In some of the excavations, student will be given the option to extend their participation beyond the mandatory requirement. However, extending participating involves an additional fee, also paid directly to the expedition.

**Excavations may change. Other excavations may become available instead of the ones listed above.

*** 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. During the second year thesis track students 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 together with the students of the program.


Introductory courses

Complementary courses


Ancient Language: Akkadian for Beginners

Field Trips

4 Weeks of Excavation

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