Prepare for Success
Candidates for the anthropology graduate program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). An undergraduate major in anthropology is not required, but you may need to take additional undergraduate courses in anthropology once you begin the program. You also must demonstrate competence in each of the four subfields of anthropology: general anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and ethnology.
Applicants must also have preparation in statistics. Proficiency in one non-English language is strongly recommended.
Your First Year
The Master of Arts in Anthropology (M.A. Anthropology) program includes completion of 30 credits plus a foreign language proficiency examination or 36 credits and no foreign language requirement. If you did not take at least one course as an undergraduate in each of the four subfields of anthropology and a course in statistics, you will complete these courses at the beginning of your graduate program. No graduate credit will be awarded for courses taken to satisfy such deficiencies. The M.A. Anthropology also requires completion of a thesis.
Core courses of the M.A. Anthropology program include:
- Anth 510 – Research Methods in Anthropology
- Anth 511 – Human Evolution
- Anth 521 – Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory
- Anth 530 – Introduction to Archeological Method and Theory
Your application materials, along with a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office
at least six months before your intended starting date.