Master of Arts in Archaeology


College of Arts and Social Science

Program Type

Coursework and Thesis ( Arabic or English)

Thesis ( Only English )

Study Mode

Part-time or Full-time for coursework and thesis

Full-time for Thesis


2 years for full time and 3 years for part time

Instruction Language


Arabic and English for Coursework and Thesis

English for Thesis

Program Coordinator

Name:Nasser Said Ali Al-Jahwari

Tel:    +968 24142034


College Website

Program Overview


Coursework and Thesis

8 Credits hours of course work in addition to research leading to a thesis (6credit hours). The student should complete the course work requirements specified in the degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. For the thesis, the candidate is required to conduct the necessary literature review, undertake the research, analyze the results, write the report and communicate the results at an oral defiance. This work need not necessarily be original research, but should be a new application of ideas. The student should identify the research problem in consultation with the supervisor, which normally takes place in the last of coursework semester. The student should register for the thesis in the third semester after having completed at least 12 credits of the course work.


The student who studies a master’s by thesis should select relevant to the archaeology of Oman to be the thesis topic also the topic thesis should be in English. A supervisor, will be selected for the student upon acceptance. In the first year, the student collects scientific information based on literature and field work. The actual write-up takes place in the second years. The student can choose between conducting field work in archaeological sites or research through studying the archaeological objects available in the Ministry of Heritage and culture and department of Archaeology at sultan Qaboos University.

Admission Requirement

  • Applicant should have a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology or in a related subject such as History, Biology, Geology, Architecture, Sociology, anthropology, tourism, applied arts and fine arts,from Sultan Qaboos University or from any other recognized university,  with Cumulative Grade Point Average of not less than 2.75 on a 4 point scale, or

    - Two year’s Work experience is a must for candidates with Cumulative Grade Point Average between 2.5  and  2.74 in the Bachelor degree, or

    - Applicants who have bachelor degree from a recognized institution and a postgraduate diploma in a related specialization from a recognized institution of higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale or its equivalent.

    • Candidates from other disciplines may be asked to attend additional bridging courses before starting the program.
    • Applicant must submit a release letter or a study leave from employer for full time study or no objection letter for part-time study, addressed to the dean of postgraduate studies at SQU. Un-employed applicant needs to submit a statement from The Public Authority of Manpower Register documenting the unemployment status of the applicant.

English Proficiency


Coursework and Thesis program should:


· Achieve level (5.5) in IELTS Academic or (525) in the TOEFL paper-based or (196) in TOEFL through the computer or (69) in the TOEFL through the Internet.


Thesis program should:

· Achieve Band (6) in IELTS Academic or (550) in the TOEFL paper-based or (213) in TOEFL computer-based or (79) in the TOEFL through the Internet.


Selection Criteria

Concerned department will assess applicants according to its criteria, which may include a written test and/or an interview.


Omani Applicants

  • Coursework and Thesis(2,500 OMR)

International Applicants

  • Coursework and Thesis(3,500 OMR)

  • Thesis (2,000 OMR)

  • Thesis (3,000 OMR)