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Contact & Location


The Department of
Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
Phinney Hall 101
PHONE: (208) 885-6751
FAX: (208) 885-2034

Mailing Address:
Department of
Sociology & Anthropology
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Julia Altman in an excavation pit

Graduate Program

The University of Idaho’s Department of Sociology & Anthropology offers a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. This program includes class work, seminars, directed studies, independent research, a thesis, and a combined final oral exam and thesis defense. The curriculum provides sound training in general anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and ethnology. Department research specialties include historical archaeology, prehistoric Plateau archaeology, archaeological conservation and stabilization, Plateau Indian ethnography, contemporary American culture, human evolution, and indigenous peoples of South America. 


Applicants to our program must hold a Bachelor’s degree, with a 3.0 overall GPA, from an accredited college or university. An undergraduate major in Anthropology is not required, but students who otherwise meet eligibility requirements but who do not have sufficient background in anthropology will be required to complete additional undergraduate coursework. The number of classes will vary with the degree of deficiency and the student’s demonstrated potential for academic work.

Students with marginal qualifications may be admitted on provisional status or may be advised to complete a year of undergraduate study in anthropology before being considered for the Master’s program. Students with an overall GPA between 2.81 and 2.99 will be considered for provisional status if their grades in upper division classes average a 3.0 or better. Students who do not have the required GPA but who have strong recommendations or acceptable professional experience may be considered for the program after completing 12 credit hours of post baccalaureate study in upper division graduate anthropology courses with A or B grades.

Obtain and read the most recent requirements posted on the College of Graduate Studies web site. All of the forms, instructions, steps, and time elements are located there. Students must apply for admission to the Graduate School. Post-baccalaureate work taken before admission to the Graduate School will not appear on the graduate transcript and does not have to be considered by the department as graduate work. Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology.

Applications, along with a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the University Admissions office at least four months before the intended starting date. Completed applications are reviewed by the anthropology faculty who evaluate the application and recommend that the College of Graduate Studies either admit or not admit an applicant to the program. Applications submitted late in the spring semester or during the summer months might not be considered until after the fall semester begins.