Master’s Program

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The Department of Anthropology has offered a master’s degree program since the early 1950s. This is a research degree offered in all four fields of anthropology.

With strong training in research methods, application, and theory, our MA program is appropriate both for students intending to continue on to the PhD, and for those who will enter careers that require only the master’s. For this reason, we do not consider our program a “terminal master’s degree.” Roughly half of the students admitted into our PhD program each year are graduates of our own MA program.


The requirements for the MA in Anthropology, including both our Plan I (thesis-based) and Plan II (non-thesis based) MA degree options, are detailed in the graduate catalog.


While we cannot guarantee funding, we strike to fund a high proportion of our first- and second-year MA students on graduate teaching assistantships. There also are university fellowships available to MA students. Contact Dr. Elliot Blair, the Director of Graduate Studies, for further information.