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What will I learn?

The Interdepartment Program (IDP) in the Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials, administered through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, grants two degree programs focusing on cultural heritage preservation. One is a three-year M.A. degree in Conservation, which is a collaborative effort between UCLA and the Getty Conservation Institute. The other program is a PhD in the Conservation of Material Culture (CMC). The mission of the program is to educate and train students in the highest standard of conservation practice and decision-making and to prepare them to work as professionals in the preservation of archaeological and cultural materials.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Given fee is for 2019 - 2020; it may be subject to change in future
Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants must have completed study equivalent to one academic year in archaeology, anthropology or ethnography. This requirement may be fulfilled by a full year in one subject or via coursework in two or all three of these subjects and must also have completed one academic year of study in each of the following subjects: art history, general chemistry (with laboratory) and organic chemistry (with laboratory). Coursework in other fields of science (physical chemistry, biology, geology, physics, materials science, etc) may be considered favorably but is not essential for admissions consideration.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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