Jul 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Anthropology, M.A.

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Learning Outcomes

Students will: 

  • Explore archaeological research questions that make a significant scholarly contribution. 
  • Illustrate an area of archaeological research in a way that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the literature.  
  • Examine, analyze, and interpret archaeological data, using appropriate analytic methods.  
  • Exemplify professional skills of written and spoken communication.


Candidates for admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) program in anthropology must meet the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, including language proficiency, found in the Admission  section of this Bulletin.

In addition, candidates must

  • Hold either (1) a bachelor’s degree in anthropology or archaeology, or (2) a bachelor’s degree in another subject with significant coursework in anthropology or another social science. Candidates without this background may apply to receive conditional admission to the M.A. program.
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicants with GPAs lower than 3.0 may be admitted on probation at the discretion of the faculty.
  • Submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination unless a waiver is granted.

General Requirements

All M.A. students are expected to develop field research skills through participation in the department’s ongoing research programs. There is no formal language requirement for the M.A. degree. However, students will consult with their advisors regarding the development of pertinent linguistic or computer skills that may be necessary for their thesis research and analysis.


Thirty credit hours, including 6 credit hours of thesis, are required for the thesis option; no more than 12 of these hours may be taken at the 6000 level. Students pursuing this option are required to present a thesis proposal, approved by a faculty member, to the graduate advisor.

Thirty-six credit hours are required for the non-thesis option; no more than 15 of these hours may be taken at the 6000 level. Students who select this option must complete the specified 24 hours of coursework plus an additional 12 credit hours of courses selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Topical and Regional Courses (9 hours)

Selected from available 6000- and 7000-level courses.

Tutorials/Independent Research

Specialized training and information not provided in regularly scheduled courses. With consent of advisor, tutorials may be taken in lieu of topical and regional courses.

Thesis (6 hours)

The thesis is expected to involve field and/or laboratory research.

Non-Thesis (12 Hours)

If completing non-thesis track, student takes 12 additional credits from graduate level Anthropology courses and/or supporting graduate programs, rather than 6 hours of thesis.

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