Why Archaeology @ Memorial?

Memorial University’s Department of Archaeology includes archaeologists and bioarchaeologists whose interests span the ancient, precontact and historical records of the New and Old Worlds.  The Department has particular strengths in the study of the North Atlantic region, and maintains active field research programs in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador.  We are interested in the analysis of biological and cultural materials, theory, archaeological science and the history of archaeology.  Since awarding our first MA in Archaeology in 1973 our graduate program has steadily expanded.  We introduced a doctoral program in 2001, and now have a thriving community of graduate students working on a range of historical, indigenous and bioarchaeological projects.

Archaeology at Memorial has an international reputation due to the strong research profiles of its faculty members and students and its vibrant teaching programs. Students have access to state of the art in-house laboratory facilities and collections, and to a wide range of equipment and expertise in other departments that is sustained by faculty cross-appointments and cooperative research programs. We provide students with the opportunity and support to develop strong field-, lab- and theory-based research projects of their own, and to join a community of scholars with an abiding curiosity about the material cultural and biological records of the human past.

Description of programs

  • MA – The MA degree is offered in archaeology and bioarchaeology. It involves coursework and a thesis and can be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD degree is offered in archaeology and bioarchaeology. It involves coursework, a series of comprehensive exams, and a thesis, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Archaeology website for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. 

Minimum admission requirements

  • MA – Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of study
  • PhD – Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change.  The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information
Degrees Offered:





MA: 2 years
PhD: 4 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

January 15 for Fall admission


MA: $12,500-$15,000
PhD: $17,500-$20,000

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Tuition (NL students):

MA: $635-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MA: $826-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

MA: $1,074-$1,611/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

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230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000