Master of Arts: Public Archaeology (MAPA)

Master of Arts in Public Archaeology (MAPA)

The Master of Arts in Public Archaeology (MAPA) is a 20-month program of coursework and practical training designed to prepare students for a range of professional positions. The degree is offered through the Anthropology Department and in conjunction with the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF), a research center on the Binghamton University campus, specializing in cultural resource management. The focus of the program is the intersection between archaeology and the many organizations that have a stake in the management, protection, study and conservation of the archaeological record.

Students who enter the program usually have a bachelor's degree in anthropology, although related fields, such as geology, biology, history and geography are also welcome. An archaeological field school of at least five weeks or equivalent field experience is also required.

After you graduate

Graduates can expect to find careers in private environmental, engineering, energy, and architectural firms, and governmental sectors, such as federal, state, tribal and local agencies. With training, MAPA students can also prepare themselves for careers in agencies that define policies for educational initiatives, heritage organizations that work directly with descendant communities, institutions that award and administer grants, and museums that are both privately and publicly funded.

MAPA research, fieldwork and workshops

Students in MAPA benefit from our diverse and accomplished faculty who conduct research throughout much of the United States and internationally, including Mexico, France, Pacific, Easter Island, and Peru. Hands-on training will be provided at the numerous cutting-edge laboratories available on campus as well as through internships in world-renowned museums, local historical societies, and private firms. Students have opportunities to master fundamental archaeological techniques as well as specialized training in archaeometry, remote sensing, geophysics, artifact analysis, and geoarchaeology. Finally, graduates of MAPA are trained to fully understand the practical and legal aspects of archaeology as we engage with preservation law, heritage issues, and the business of archaeology. The culminating experience of the MA Program in Public Archaeology is a thesis project, which, if applicable, will fulfill the requirements to become a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).

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