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Why study archaeology at Boston University?

Since 1982 the Department of Archaeology has been the only independent department in the United States that offers both BA degrees at the undergraduate level and MA and PhD degrees at the graduate level. With a large number of faculty and graduate students working throughout the world and offering specialized programs in a diversity of topical and technical areas, our department offers an unmatched environment for constant discussion and debate of practical, methodological, and theoretical matters in archaeology.

We hope the Quick Links below and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will provide you with the information you seek. If you still have unanswered questions, we encourage you to contact the Director of Graduate Admissions with specific questions regarding the application process. In addition, we encourage all prospective graduate students to make direct contact by e-mail, postal mail, or telephone with those professors with whom they share interests and with whom they would most likely work upon entering our programs. Department visits are also encouraged.

The application deadline for this program is January 5th. Note that only applications for MA study will be accepted during the 2017-2018 admissions cycle – our PhD program is now closed and will no longer admit new students.

However, a new track in Anthropological Archaeology within the existing Anthropology PhD program will accept applications in 2017 for enrollment in the Fall 2018 semester. Questions concerning admission to that program can be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies of Archaeology or Anthropology. Applications to that program must be made to the Department of Anthropology, using the Graduate Admissions portal here.

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