Anthropology M.A.

Graduate Applications and Admissions

Students are admitted to the MA program for fall only. Students who wish to be considered for funding must submit all materials by the first of March each year. Funding decisions will be made by the first of April each year. The  following materials are evaluated in the admissions and funding decisions. All materials should be submitted through the online Graduate Admissions Portal:

  • Fill out online application.
  • A statement of purpose, describing what you wish to gain from graduate study in Anthropology and how the program will help you achieve those goals.
  • A writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic background and qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study.
  • Transcripts from all previous graduate and undergraduate coursework.
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Writing) from within the last five years.
  • Other materials, such as a curriculum vitae or resume, that the student wishes to be considered.

Applicants who are admitted will be given either regular or conditional status. All admissions decision notifications will be made by the Graduate School.

Program Requirements

The master's degree (MA) requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, 15 of which must be earned in course work at the 600 level or above; completion of a seminar in each of the three subfields (ANT 631, ANT 621, ANT 641); and completion of an approved thesis or project. The seminars are taken during the student's first year in the program. No more than 6 hours of field courses (ANT 516, ANT 536) and no more than 9 hours of independent study courses (ANT 692, ANT 792) will be applied to the degree.

An acceptable proficiency in one foreign language, or proficiency in statistics is required. This may be satisfied by taking 6 hours of a foreign language at the 500 level or above, or by taking two graduate courses in statistical methods approved by the faculty. An outside minor of nine hours in an approved related field may be included toward the total hours required. Normally, minors are developed to augment specific anthropological interests and must be approved by the faculty.

Comprehensive Examinations
The comprehensive examination entails a six-hour exam that covers major issues and knowledge relevant to the student's area of thesis or project research. Examinations will be administered on campus in early August prior to the start of the student's second year. Questions will be contributed and evaluated by the student's committee.

Thesis or Project
All students will complete independent research that culminates in a thesis or project.

Recently Completed Thesis/ Projects

Graduate Student Funding

To the extent that it is fiscally possible, the program supports full-time graduate students. The actual number of assistantships available varies by year. Students are only eligible for funding for two years.

Graduate Assistantships
Generally, students on assistantships are assigned to individual faculty members who may utilize them for teaching or research activities at their own discretion. Students on academic probation are not eligible for assistantships. Assistantships typically provide a tuition waiver and modest stipend.

Teaching Assistantships
A very limited number of students may be selected to take responsibility for sections of ANT 101. Only second-year graduate students will be considered, since the university requires at least 18 hours of graduate coursework in anthropology in order to teach. In addition, student teachers must have taken ANT 601 during their first year and be enrolled while they are teaching.


Dual Master's Programs


Anthropology/Library Information Sciences

Anthropology/Public Health