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The Master of Science in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation is a professional degree program. Earning an master's degree will prepare you for employment in maritime museums; cultural resource management firms; (including companies working with the offshore oil industry) and federal, state or similar government agencies.

The program is open to a limited number of students, selected on a competitive basis.

M.S. in Maritime Archaeology & Conservation Program Requirements


The program's curriculum is designed to be completed over two years. You will take five core courses and a wide variety of elective courses.

All students are required to write a thesis in order to complete the degree. A thesis-based graduate degree is essential for many employment opportunities, and is a prerequisite for being listed on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).

Steps to Fulfill a Masters Program

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities and internships are available through Texas A&M University’s Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation (CMAC) and the university-affiliated Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA).

Foreign Language Requirement

All master's students must have competence in at least one foreign language used in research. This language should be one with significant scientific literature of relevance to your research areas (e.g. French, German, Spanish and Russian) or be a language you will use in your field research.