Master of Arts in Anthropology

Option 1:

General Requirements

The Master of Arts program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including 15 at the 6600-level and the following required courses:

ANTH 6605Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 6615Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 6625Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology3
ANTH 6635Seminar in Archaeology1-6
And one of the following:
ANTH 6641Research Project1-6
or ANTH 6650 Thesis
ANTH 6642Practicum in Teaching Anthropology1-6
An additional 12 credits of graduate level courses approved by the student's advisor are also required.Two semesters of foreign language may need to be completed if relevant to research plans, or equivalent competence must be demonstrated. This will be decided in consultation with the graduate adviser.12
Total Credits30

Students may fulfill these credit requirements through one of three options:

  1. Thesis Option: The student completes the required 30 credits, with 15 at the 6600 level, and completes a thesis. Up to 6 Thesis credits (ANTH 6650) may count towards the 6600-level requirement. OR
  2. Applied Project Option: The student completes the required 30 credits, with 15 at the 6600 level, and completes an applied project. Up to 6 Research Project credits (ANTH 6641) may be counted towards the 6600-level requirement. OR
  3. Professional Paper Option: The student completes the required 30 credits, with 15 at the 6600 level, and completes a professional paper. Up to 6  Professional Paper credits (ANTH 6642) may be counted towards the 6600-level requirement.

Additional Requirements

  1. By the end of the first semester, each student must develop a proposed program of study specifying elective courses (M.A. or M.S.) and techniques and methods courses (M.S.) in consultation with the student's graduate advisor.
  2. To maintain classified status, students must register for a minimum of 6 credits in the fall and spring semesters of the first year.
  3. Students completing the M.A. in Anthropology (Option 1) along with an MPH degree may apply up to 9 credits to both degrees with advisor’s approval in both programs.
  4. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language, computer programming, geographic information systems (GIS), or statistics. This requirement will complement the student's program of study and will be evaluated by the student's primary advisor.
  5. Student must write a Master's thesis, a professional paper, or complete an applied project, and successfully present and defend the work in a formal oral examination.