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Program Overview

Program Overview

Prepare for a terminal degree that leads to a career in archaeology with Lipscomb University’s Master of Arts in Archaeology. In this program you will develop core knowledge, acquire skills and engage in professional experiences that will equip you to practice archaeology in the field or to teach in a humanities-based discipline.

Complete more than 200 hours of internship work in field schools, museum studies or lab work along with participation in at least one excavation season. Demonstrate your ability to design and independently pursue a viable research project through your thesis work. Through these experiences along with exploration of current research in archaeology, you will become an active member of the scholarly archaeological guild.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Ready to apply? Let’s get started. We’re here to help at every step. Applicants to the program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit the following for admission review and enrollment:

  • Completed and submitted online application
  • CV detailing applicant's academic work, experience and scholarly achievement (publications, professional presentations, etc.) that has prepared the applicant to benefit from the program.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities (including graduate, if applicable)
  • Two recommendations: at least one from a university professor and one from either a supervisor/employer or character reference (pastor, priest, mentor).
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • A research paper providing evidence of your academic work OR 750-1000 word essay about your career, your interest in archaeology, and how you would use the skills and learnings from our program professionally or personally.
  • Interview with faculty (on campus, virtually or by phone)

For transcripts, electronic copies can be emailed directly from your undergraduate institution to

If you are having a hard copy mailed, have it sent to:
Lipscomb University
Graduate Admissions
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204



Archaeology & Archaeological Method (18 hours)

ARCH 5103 Archaeology of Ancient Israel        
ARCH 5203 Archaeology of the New Testament World        

Archaeological Method/Theory
ARCH 5303 Archaeological Field Excavation Methods        
ARCH 5403 Archaeological Practicum-Material Studies        
ARCH 5503 Archaeological Method and Theory        
ARCH 5603 Ceramic Analysis – Syro-Palestine    

Biblical Backgrounds and History (6 hours)

GB 5183 History of Ancient Israel
GB 5193 History of the Second Temple Period

GB 5273 Social and Cultural Settings of Ancient Palestine
GB 5283 Social and Cultural Settings of Palestine during the Roman Period

Biblical and Cognate Languages (6 hours) 

Either one year of introductory Hebrew or Greek or advanced Hebrew or Greek exegesis (depends on prerequisite Biblical language).

GB 5033/GB 5073 Biblical Greek I, II
GB 5043/GB 5063 Biblical Hebrew I, II
GB 5703/GB 5713 NT Greek Readings I, II
GB 5763/GB 5773 OT Hebrew Readings I, II

Thesis or Electives (6 hours)    

Thesis and Research
ARCH 5902 Graduate Research Seminar
ARCH 599V Thesis
ARCH 6000 Thesis Continuation

Graduate courses in complementary areas approved by program director.


Bible Backgrounds (Historical Geography)
Old Testament Interpretation (BI 4503 or equivalent)
New Testament Interpretation (BI 4513 or equivalent)
Biblical Language (Hebrew or Greek) (HB 1515/HB 1525 or GR 1515/GR 1525 or equivalent)

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Program tuition is $950* per credit hour.

You will have access to many scholarship opportunities offered to Lipscomb University students as well as internal departmental resources, on-campus employment and traditional sources of financial aid loans.

*Note: Graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective at the start of the summer term.


Types of Aid


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Ph.D. Preparation

Many individuals pursue a Master of Arts in Archaeology and Biblical Studies with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. We have implemented a rigorous program to ensure that any student who graduates from our program is a competitive candidate for a doctoral program.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.

Our Faculty

  • Steve Ortiz headshot

    Steven Ortiz

    Professor and Director of the Center for Archaeological Stud

      Dr. Steven Ortiz is the Director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was...

    Meet Steven Ortiz
  • Thomas Davis headshot

    Thomas Davis

    Professor and Associate Director

    Dr. Tom Davis has forty years of experience as an archaeologist, working extensively in Cyprus, the Near East, Egypt, Central Asia, and the United States. He started his archaeological career...

    Meet Thomas Davis

Career Paths


As contributing members of the scholarly guild, archaeologists participate in excavation projects, work in museums and conduct research in the lab. Many also teach archaeology or another humanities-based discipline.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.