Graduate Program

The Department of Archaeology offers a Master of Arts program in Anatolian art and archaeology. The program focuses on the archaeology, art, and architecture of Türkiye within its Near Eastern and Mediterranean context, from the prehistoric to medieval times. The courses offered are designed to impart a broad knowledge of the field, but students develop knowledge of a particular area through their choice of courses and, especially, thesis topic. After completing this program, most students continue toward the Ph.D., enrolling at universities in Europe and North America as well as Türkiye.

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Applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate major in archaeology, history of art, anthropology, or a related subject, and must demonstrate a proficiency in English. Students from other disciplines are also eligible for the program, providing they remedy deficiencies in their academic background by completing one or two semesters of preparatory courses prior to beginning the Master’s program.


Scholarships, based on merit, are available for M.A. study (including an academic preparatory year), for both Turkish and foreign students. A scholarship typically consists of a tuition waiver (= free tuition), a shared dormitory room (for students from outside Ankara), and a monthly stipend.

Degree Requirements:

The program is designed to be completed in two years. Requirements consist of a minimum of 7 semester courses (21 credits), and a thesis (75-100 pages). In addition, reading proficiency in French or German must be demonstrated, by test or by course. The required courses consist of three groups:

  1. Two core courses: Research Directions for Anatolian Archaeology and Art, and Issues in Archaeological Theory
  2. Three seminars in at least two of the following divisions: Pre-Classical, Classical, and Medieval art and archaeology. The topics of seminars vary from term to term, depending on the research interests of the instructors.
  3. Two electives: Electives can be additional seminars, ancient or medieval languages, selected fourth year undergraduate courses, or approved courses from other departments. Languages offered are Ancient Greek, Hittite, and Latin.

Preparing the thesis allows the M.A. student to take up an intellectual adventure, the investigation in detail of one aspect of the archaeology, art history, or museology of Türkiye and surrounding regions. The completed thesis should be a purposeful, clearly written and well organized work, supported by evidence, that demonstrates mastery of research techniques and scholarship in the chosen area of study.

Participation in a field project is considered a valuable component of a student’s training. Although not required, students are strongly urged to take part in an archaeological excavation, sponsored either by the Department or by another research institution. Research work in museums or laboratories may also provide a stimulating hands-on experience. In addition, M.A. students have the possibility of spending a semester at a European university under the auspices of the Erasmus Exchange Program.