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Egyptian Archaeology (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

For nearly 30 years, the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition has conducted archaeological research in Egypt. This certificate will serve to increase awareness of this unique opportunity for UA and non-UA graduate students and non-degree seeking professionals. Indeed, no other college or university in the country offers such a focused graduate program specifically in Egyptian archaeology.

The conduct of archaeological research varies widely from one country to another. Not only do the ancient sites differ, but each country (or geographic discipline) also presents fieldworkers and other researchers with its own cultural settings, standard practices, and official regulations. Thus study of the practicalities of conducting archaeological research in Egypt and Sudan, and in Egyptological museum collections, merits its own concentrated study at the post-graduate level. For this reason, the University of Arizona is pleased to offer this post-graduate program in Egyptian archaeology.

This program will aid participants in their careers by providing training and requiring demonstration of competence in the following core areas, among others:

1) archaeological field methods as used in Egypt and/or Sudan;
2) interpretation of material culture in the conditions encountered in Egypt and/or Sudan;
3) the preparation of research proposals, permit requests, and required reports;
4) the preparation of grant proposals for the conduct of archaeological research, especially fieldwork.

The graduate certificate is intended as a supplement to master's and doctoral programs (be they at Arizona or elsewhere), providing a specific focus on the planning, implementation, and publication of archaeological research in Egypt, Sudan, or related museum collections. The typical participant in the certificate program will be either currently enrolled in graduate-level study in a related field (e.g., Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies, Art History, Ancient History) or have recently completed an advanced degree. Professionals in related fields are also encouraged to apply.

The program is not intended as an introduction and will not accept novices.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Science -

The University of Arizona College of Science brings together globally prominent faculty in disciplines at the core of scientific inquiry and education. One of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona, we are a nexus of award-winning programs that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research. Our academic departments, schools and research units encompass the range of physical, mathematical, environmental, cognitive and life sciences. UA Science is among the most powerful and prolific academic research centers in the world, recognized and rewarded for the unparalleled caliber of our achievements. With over 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, we are an integrative learning institution, where accomplished faculty and next-generation scientists engage side-by-side in groundbreaking research. Our scientists and students also share their knowledge with the local and broader community through extensive outreach and public service initiatives. Our mission is to encourage the aggressive pursuit of research excellence, to support novel teaching and outreach programs and to create economic opportunities for our community.

College of Science  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Pearce Paul Creasman
Graduate Program Coordinator
Pearce Paul Creasman
Director of Graduate Studies
Pearce Paul Creasman
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi R Davenport
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, transcripts, contact information for at least two professional references, and a statement of purpose.

Standardized Tests

GRE or similar is not required for admission to this program.

Must meet general standards for admission to the University of Arizona Graduate College.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is not currently provided for Graduate Certificate programs at the University of Arizona.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: Rolling
  • Spring/Summer: Rolling

International Applicants:

  • Fall: August 1st
  • Spring/Summer: January 1st
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

To obtain the Certificate, students must complete a 9-unit program of study that includes 6 units of Core Courses and at least 3 units selected from a list of approved Advanced Courses. Core courses focus on establishing and demonstrating proficiency in archaeological methods as specifically relates to practice in Egypt/Sudan, while Advanced Courses focus on a variety of related subjects, methods or skills in Egyptian archaeology, Egyptology and the interconnected ancient world.

Minimum credits: 9
Core (required) coursework:
GEOS/ANTH/MENA/ARH 597B or 597B-SA – Field School in Egyptian Archaeology (6 units - offered during the Summer session, annually).

Advanced (optional) coursework:
Offered at varying times throughout the year; not every course below is offered annually. At least one such course will be offered annually in Summer II session.

Select from the following, most of which can be tailored on an individual basis for the graduate certificate:

CLAS/ANTH/MENA 500 – Topics of Egyptology (3 units)

ARH 501A – Art As Plunder: The Spoils of War, the Formation of Collections, & Trade in Stolen Art (3 units)

ARH/MENA 503 – Art and Architecture of the Islamic World (3 units)

ANTH/MSE 505A – Introduction to Archaeological Conservation (3 units)

ANTH/AAS/AFAS 526 – Archaeology of Africa (3 units)

ANTH 535 – Principles of Archaeological Fieldwork (3 units)

ANTH 546A – Mapping Ancient Cities (3 units)

CLAS 551B – Ancient Egypt: Archeology and Language (3 units)

CLAS/ANTH/ARH 565 – Greek Pottery (3 units)

MSE 568 – Heritage Conservation Science (3 units)

ANTH/CLAS/MENA/MSE 574 – Archaeometry: Scientific Methods in Art & Archaeology (3 units)

ANTH 595A – Special Topics in Archaeology (3 units)
    Specifically: Critical Issues in Mediterranean Archaeology

CLAS 596A – Topics in Greek or Roman Literature, History or Archaeology (3 units)

ANTH 596F – Ceramic Analysis (3 units)


Other Requirements
All courses must be letter graded and taken at the University of Arizona.
A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. No grades of "C" will be allowed. No Grade Replacement Opportunity (GRO) will be allowed in the Certificate program.

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 27 Aug 2019