Underwater Archeology

Master Of Professional Science

Underwater Archaeology Degree Track

Management of Underwater Cultural Heritage (MUCH)

Over half of the world’s population resides in growing coastal areas. These areas are major economic engines, supporting port and shipping, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, and oil and gas mining activities. Balancing economic activities with non-renewable, submerged, cultural resources is a major challenge facing resource managers in the 21st Century. Similarly, adaptation to climate change, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and hurricanes also pose challenges for underwater cultural resource managers, in addition to threats imposed by commercial salvors. The MPS Underwater Archaeology track, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical, and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as legal aspects of submerged cultural resource management, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment, and remote sensing surveys. While not a requirement, the opportunity to become an AAUS Science Diver is also available. Students also will have opportunities to engage in internships with private, public or non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and conduct relevant fieldwork.

Underwater Archaeology (UA)

The MPS Underwater Archaeology, focusing on the management of underwater cultural heritage (MUCH), is primarily technical, and will introduce participants to the legal and governance frameworks in this increasingly important discipline. Coursework will integrate topics such as legal aspects of submerged cultural resource management, marine protected areas, environmental impact assessment, and remote sensing surveys. While not a requirement, the opportunity to become an AAUS Science Diver is also available. Students will also have opportunities to engage in internships with private, public or non-governmental agencies (NGO’s) and conduct relevant fieldwork.

Plan of Study Grid

Total Credit Hours30
FallCredit Hours
MES 632Theory and Method in Underwater and Maritime Archaeology3
MES 626Submerged Cultural Resource Management3
RSM 600 Research Diving Techniques3
MES 680Special Topics (Theory and Method of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology)3
Credit Hours12
SpringCredit Hours
MES 614Underwater Archaeology Field Techniques3
MES 615Marine Archaeological Survey and Technology3
MES 660
& MES 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
MES 672The Archaeology of Seafaring3
Credit Hours12
SummerCredit Hours
MES 805MPS Internship6
Credit Hours6
Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

Course List

CodeTitleCredit Hours
MES 606Advanced Fieldwork in Coastal Cultures3
MBE 716Bayesian Statistics For Marine Scientists3
MES 720Coastal Law and Policy3
MES 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
MES 710International Ocean Law And Governance3
RSM 645Scientific Communication3
For more details, visit the UM Bulletin