Underwater Archaeology Degree Track

Underwater Archaeology Underwater Archaeology
Master of Professional Science

Underwater archaeology is the study of the remains of past human activity through the exploration of a variety of submerged sites, from shipwrecks in saltwater to freshwater caves and springs. Archaeological sites and artifacts can play a large role in education, community cohesion, national identity, economic development, sustainable tourism, conservation, and, of course, entertainment among others. The material culture of our shared heritage and past provides cultural continuity, perspective, and a tangible link to those who preceded us. Shipwrecks and submerged sites have long fascinated humankind, perhaps never more so than in modern day, and given climate change and rising water temperatures worldwide, it is becoming even more important to document, study, manage, and find innovative ways to preserve what remains of our past.

Underwater Archaeology (UA)

The MPS Underwater Archaeology track (UARCH) is a two-year program that focuses on the theory, field techniques, and management practices necessary to work within the field of archaeology and the broader general field of marine sciences. Coursework integrates topics such as site mapping and documentation, interpretation of shipwrecks and submerged sites, best management practices, marine protected areas, and marine survey technology. UARCH students receive training as AAUS Science Divers during their first semester. Students will have opportunities to work side-by-side with professional archaeologists through internships and field projects with private, public, or non-governmental agencies, both nationally and internationally, and conduct relevant fieldwork. To view the 2-year schedule for this track, along with brief descriptions for select courses, please refer to Dr. Hanselmann’s Underwater Archaeology Track Guide.

Program Requirements

Dr. Fritz Hanselmann

Underwater Archeology Track


(305) 421-4347
Dr. Frederick H. Hanselmann ("Fritz") is an underwater archaeologist and Faculty in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and part of the Exploration Sciences Program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science at the University of Miami, where he directs the Underwater Archaeology Program. Having...

Plan Of Study Grid

Fall Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 632 Theory and Method in Underwater and Maritime Archaeology 3
EVR 626 Submerged Cultural Resource Management 3
RSM 600 Introduction to Research Diving Techniques 3
EVR 660
& EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
Credit Hours 12
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 614 Underwater Site Mapping and Visualization Techniques 3
EVR 615 Marine Archaeological Survey and Technology 3
RSM 667 Motorboat Operator Certificate Course (MOCC) 1
EVR 672 The Archaeology of Seafaring 3
Elective (Optional)
Credit Hours 10
Summer Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 691 Maritime Archaeology Field Study 3
EVR 693 Maritime Archaeology and the Conquest of Mexico 2 3
MES 805 MPS Internship 1
Credit Hours 4-9
Fall Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 692 Archaeological Study of Submerged Pre-Contact Sites 3
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 1-6
Elective (Optional)
Credit Hours 4-9
Spring Course Title Credit Hours
EVR 805 MPS Internship 1 1-6
Elective (Optional)
Credit Hours 1-6

Total Credit Hours 31-46

1  Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

2  Based upon availability

Elective Options

Students may request elective courses with the consent of their Academic Advisor. Refer to the course schedules for a list of classes available on the Rosenstiel School campus. The course offerings may vary from semester to semester. For more details, visit the UM Academic Bulletin.