Master of Arts in Archaeology Eligibility, Institutes and Career options

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Master of Arts in Archaeology is a 2-year post-graduate program offered by universities/institutes in the field of archaeology. Candidates who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in archaeology or similar field can apply for this course.

Direct admission to the program can be obtained on the basis of undergraduate degree score. Some of the institutes conduct their own entrance examinations specially for students who wish to apply from streams other than humanities. The average fee of the course is INR 3000/annum.

The Master of Arts degree is awarded after completing the course and passing examinations and/or after doing a research. The program comprises of the study of subjects such as paleography and epigraphy. This program provides the right tools to study archaeology in depth.

Employment opportunities for graduating candidates are available in various domains such as museums and art galleries, universities and colleges, education boards, exhibit design companies, history based journalism etc. Average salary of the graduates in this field is INR 3,00,000/annum.

Highlight Table for Master of Arts in Archaeology

Name of the course Master of Arts in Archaeology
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 2 years, full time
Stream Archaeology, Ancient History
Eligibility Bachelor’s Degree in Archaeology or Ancient History, Minimum 55% U.G degree score
Admission Process Admission Tests inducted by individual institutes, Direct Admission in some cases
Average Course Fee INR 7000- INR 9000 per annum
Average Starting Salary INR 2 Lakh to 12 Lakh
Job Description Professor, Museum Curator, Archaeologist
Average entry level salary INR 3,20,000/annum

Who should opt for M.A in Archaeology

For anyone who has a lot of interest in ancient history and culture of various civilizations that existed in India and intends to gain vast knowledge in the field should opt for this course after completing undergraduate education. Achieving this degree requires candidates to have a high dedication towards the subject and excellent management skills to take on research projects.

Eligibility and Admission Process for M.A in Archaeology

Candidates who have successfully completed an undergraduate education in archaeology or similar field are eligible to apply for this course. For example, candidates after completing a bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) in Archaeology or Ancient History and such similar field can opt for this course.

Almost all the institutes provide admission on the basis of undergraduate degree score. Candidates are required to fill an application form as a part of the admission process. Along with the application form candidates are required to attach S.S.C., H.S.C. and UG degree qualifying mark-sheets. The minimum aggregate score requirement for the UG degree is 55%. The institute/university then displays a cut-off list and list of the candidates who have been accepted.

Direct admission:

Direct admission through management quota is also available in a few of the private colleges. Government colleges do not provide direct admissions through management quota.


Master of Arts in Archaeology is a 2-year program. It comprises of total 4 semesters and an examination is held at the end of each semester.  

Institutes offering M.A in Archaeology

Universities and colleges providing M.A. in Archaeology and M.A. in History and Archaeology are listed below: 

University/Institute City Avg. Fee/Annum
Acharya Nagarjuna University Guntur, Andhra Pradesh INR 1,600
Bharati Vidyapeeth University Pune, Maharashtra INR 2,500
University of Calcutta Kolkata, West Bengal INR 3,180
University of Kerala Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala INR 1,600
Annamalai University Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu INR 1,500
Mysore University Mysore, Karnataka INR 2,500
Nagaland University Kohima, Nagaland INR 2,000
Tamil University Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu INR 1,500

Career Prospect for M.A in Archaeology

Archaeology as a field of study refers to the scientific and orderly study of the ancestral tree, life style and culture of past generations. It mainly takes into account various seals, inscriptions, monuments, edifices and other related materials which over the decades, have been buried in the past.

Archaeology has a very broad career scope. There are three main areas of employment for an Archaeologist, i.e., teaching, research and working in museums. Employment sectors for archaeologists are given below:

  • Museums and art galleries
  • Universities and colleges
  • Boards of education
  • Parks, nature centers and world heritage sites
  • Preservation boards and historical societies
  • Cultural organizations

What can you become?

The job of a Archeologist is a tough one because most of it required extensive field work. It can be fascinating for people who love history. State government are the main source of employment and one gets to work in museums and galleries. Following is a list of job descriptions related to archeology:


M.A in Archeology

Job  Job Description Salary/annum
Museum curator Museum curators assemble, catalogue, manage and help with presenting and displaying artistic and cultural collection. They are also in charge of a collection of exhibits in the museum. INR 3,50,000
Archeologist Archaeologists study human history by means of artifacts that range from prehistoric tools and buildings to animal bones and small organisms. Organized excavations are a useful way of gaining experience. INR 3,60,000
Professor/Researcher One can teach in schools and colleges. Researchers can conduct research in private organizations or in university departments. The archeologists conduct research about a number of topics related to a particular ancient history. Upon completion of the research, they can continue as an independent researcher or work as a professor in colleges or universities. They can also join as project leader or research director and lead or assist in government funded excavations. INR 5,45,000
Heritage Manager Heritage managers conserve, manage and develop access to heritage locations such as historic buildings, landscapes, museums and ancient monuments. INR 4,80,000

Course Structure for M.A in Archeology

Master of Arts in Archeology is a post-graduate degree program that requires total two years for completion. This course allows candidates to obtain a sound grounding in understanding the various vistas of archaeology. Archaeology is the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material obtained from the past.

This program includes rigorous and thorough study of archaeology which comprises of ancient Indian iconography, epigraphy and paleography, proto-history etc. Master of Arts in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology and M.A. in history and archeology are a few courses similar to this one.

This is the generalized format for 2-year program; the structure may vary institute wise. Each candidate must submit a dissertation at the end of the curriculum for completion of the course.

Semester I
Political History of India (up to 1200 A.D.) Core Subject
Social and Economic History of India (up to 1200 A.D.) Core Subject
Introduction to Archaeology Core Subject
Prehistory of South Asia: Paleolithic and Mesolithic Core Subject
Semester II
Religious History of India Core Subject
Methods in Archaeology Core Subject
Proto-history of South Asia Core Subject
Science in Archaeology Core Subject
Semester III
Ancient Indian Iconography/ Art and Architecture of India-I (300 B.C. to 600 A.D.) Elective Subjects
Ancient Indian Paleography and Epigraphy/ Archaeology and Literature Elective Subjects
An Outline of World Prehistory/ Environmental Archaeology (Bio archaeology) Elective Subjects
Biological Anthropology/ Advanced Archaeological Theory and Research Methodology Elective Subjects
Semester IV
Dissertation Proposal and submission

Master of Arts [MA] (Archaeology) Fee Structure in India

2.54 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES33.74 K  (Maximum Fee)
10.63 K (Average Fee)
6.41 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES33 K (Maximum Fee)
18.29 K (Average Fee)


After completing BA Tamil can I apply for MA archeology .
Hi Baluanand, sorry but you are not eligible for this course as candidate must have done graduation in relevant stream to be eligible.
Is a Geography Graduate student eligible for this PG course??
Hi Suraj, this depends on the college/university in which you are applying for admission.

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