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M.A. Maritime Civilizations at University of Haifa

Water is not only the earth’s greatest resource, it also builds communities. The International MA program in Maritime Civilizations facilitates the exploration of the archaeology, history, and makeup of maritime societies and also examines the evolution of their natural environments and their transition into current anthropogenic environments. Coursework concerns coastal and underwater archaeology, maritime history, marine biology and ecology, maritime geology, and geomorphology. In turn, the program equips students with the advanced knowledge and research skills they’ll need to explore human interactions with the sea.


The rigorous curriculum stresses the importance of ships, harbors, and seafaring and their role in the Mediterranean’s maritime heritage. Students will also examine the geomorphological and ecological aspects of the eastern Mediterranean, along with man’s relationship with the sea in ancient society and today. The program consists of lectures, research conducted in the field and in laboratories at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.

At the apex of the program, students will participate in a capstone project. The English-taught program spans 3 consecutive semesters. The University of Haifa is the only comprehensive research university in Northern Israel, which is also known as the most pluralistic university in the country. Students will share the hallways and classrooms with 18,000 students, including Jews, Christians, Muslim Arabs, Druze, Bedouins, as well immigrants and native Israelis. The university offers many extra-curricular activities such as tours of ecological and cultural sites and a wide array of volunteer opportunities on and off campus.


Duration: 1 year

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Location: Haifa

Accommodation: University Dorms

Language: English

Program dates and tuitions (before significant grants & scholarships are applied)

October - $10,630


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