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Program Description:

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archaeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed, and the anthropogenic environments in which they currently exist. During the program, students examine a variety of fields pertaining to maritime civilizations and the marine environment, including coastal and underwater archaeology, ancient ship construction, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geoarchaeology, and archaeozoology.


The interdisciplinary curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea in a dynamic learning environment. Special emphasis is placed on harbors, ships, and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. The program sheds light on the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean, and their influence on the interaction between human societies and the sea in ancient and modern times. This program is based on ongoing, active research carried out in the field and laboratories at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.


The one-year program is taught in English over three consecutive semesters from October through September. Students wishing to pursue the thesis track will need to submit a research thesis within one year of completing their coursework, which may require remaining at the university for one or two additional semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a Master of Arts in Maritime Civilizations.

Competitive scholarships are available for those who continue their studies on a thesis track.

Why study International Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa, Israel?

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to literally dive deep into the Mediterranean Sea and explore the underwater history, archaeology, anthropology and fabric of maritime societies.


Our dynamic one-year study program combines advanced knowledge with ongoing active research and exploration of harbors, ships, seafaring in labs on campus and at sea, to understand human-sea interactions and address maritime heritage challenges.


  • An excellent academic program that combines classroom study with hands-on scientific exploration in campus labs and at sea.

  • Develops in-depth knowledge and practical research of the sea and maritime civilizations, with special attention to the effects of human interaction with the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Qualifies and certifies excavating coastal and underwater archaeologists.

  • Trains the next generation of maritime-oriented scholars, researchers, environmental activists, policy makers, consultants, and educators.

  • A one-year program awarding graduates a Master of Arts (MA) in Maritime Civilizations

* The curriculum is subject to change without notice



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