MA in Anthropology

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic accomplishments and potential.
  • Personal Statement Required. A personal statement of academic and professional intent and research interests.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 36.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
Social and Cultural Theory I a
Social and Cultural Theory II a
Theory and Method in Archaeology a
Hominid, Phylogeny and Adaptations a
Graduate Seminar in Anthropology a
12 elective hours for the degree. Two of the electives must be anthropology courses. All electives must be at 400- or 500-level.
  • Comprehensive Examination Required. The final examinations in ANTH 500, ANTH 501, ANTH 502, and ANTH 503 constitute the four sections of the comprehensive examination.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Project or course work only. No other options are available.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: