Social Sciences

Industrial Heritage and Archaeology—MS

Industrial archaeologists study the physical remains of industrial societies—including artifacts, systems, sites, documents, traditions, and landscapes—within their cultural, ecological, and historical contexts.

The Master of Science in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology is a professional degree that prepares students for diverse careers in areas including curation and education at historic sites and within museums; heritage and cultural resources management; field archaeology; public history; preservation and planning; education; and community and government service. Graduates of the MS program may also choose to advance their studies in a doctoral program.


Through rigorous course work emphasizing relevant, hands-on opportunities, our curriculum instills in students both a solid theoretical grounding and a practical skill set. Student theses, which are often developed in conjunction with outside sponsors, incorporate real-world situations concerned with proposal preparation and budgeting; site identification, interpretation, preservation, and management; heritage policy and law; and community-based research and management.

Degree Options

The MS in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology is a two-year course of study. Students may choose from the following degree options:

Typical Work Environment

Industrial archaeologists are involved in the practical preservation, mitigation, management, and interpretation of industrial remains. Because of the nature of industrial heritage sites, our master’s graduates often work within communities striving for economic and social revitalization in increasingly complex ecological settings.

Program Statistics

We take pride in our program performance statistics, which are competitive with those of any master’s program in archaeology, anthropology, history, or heritage studies. Faculty and staff continually monitor these statistics as one way to assess our efforts and identify areas for programmatic improvement.