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  • Foreign: $ 9.78k / Year (International)
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    The University of Haifa's International Master's Degree in Maritime Civilizations offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archeology and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist. Students will examine a variety of fields pertaining to maritime civilizations and the marine environment, including coastal and underwater archeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, and maritime geology and geomorphology.

    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 will be 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 man 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 language of instruction is English.

    Field activities are an integral part of the program. They expose students to hands-on applied science, a variety of research methods, a first-hand acquaintance with the sea and an introduction to the challenges of marine studies. The curriculum includes field trips as well as field-based courses and research. Students will also be required to participate in a summer internship program during which they will work on a field project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

    Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded a master's degree in two general areas in maritime studies: history and archeology, and the natural sciences.

    Program Objectives

    • • To provide students with an understanding of the sea and maritime civilizations and to prepare them for research in their chosen areas of specialization;
    • • To train a new generation of scholars, researchers and educators in the field of marine sciences;
    • • To provide students with specialized knowledge of the effects of human interaction with the Mediterranean Sea;
    • • To offer an excellent academic program that combines classroom study with hands-on scientific exploration.

    The Academic Program

    Taught over three semesters in English, the academic program provides a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geology and geomorphology. The curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea. The studies are carried out in a dynamic learning environment in which theory is combined with hands-on scientific experience in the field and in the laboratory.


    Program requirements

    • Accredited BA degree, diploma and transcript• Preferences will be given to backgrounds in history, archeology, ecology, biology and geology• A minimum of 3.0 GPA or 80% or equivalent• TOEFL scores (if native language is not English or candidates have not previously studied at an institution of higher education where the language of instruction is English). A minimum of 570 (paper-based test), 230 (computer-based test) or 89 (internet-based test)• Two letters of recommendation from an academic• Curriculum Vitae/Résumé• Copy of your valid passport & six passport-sized photos• Personal statement (500-750 words)• Medical forms English Language Requirements TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 89

    There are a variety of financial aid opportunities available to students who are interested in studying at the International School at the University of Haifa. For a complete list, please look under the "Finances" tab that you will find on the left side of every page of our website. Click on "Financial Aid" and a full list of potential scholarships will open. Scholarship eligibility considers factors such as length of program, merit, financial need, and nationality, so you will need to review the list to determine for which scholarships you are eligible.

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