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Master of Science Anthropology

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Master of Science in Anthropology

The Master of Science in Anthropology program provides opportunities for students to maximize academic and technical skills in the science of Anthropology and Archaeology through outstanding classroom, lab and field experiences. The program is founded on anthropological and archaeological theory and hands-on training, which students apply to their research and the unique scientific study they are expected to complete for graduation.

The program also offers exposure to cutting-edge technology and encourages students to be active members of the professional scientific community. It is intended for highly motivated and talented students who plan on becoming a professional archaeologist or going on to doctoral study.

Program Length & Format

This full-time program is typically completed in 2-3 years, with students taking classes during the day.

Program Requirements & Areas of Specialization

All students complete a minimum of 36 credit hours, including five core courses and a thesis. Studies focus on one of two primary tracks.

Areas of specialization:

  • Bioarcheology
  • Traditional archeology


Each student will conduct a unique scientific study that culminates in a thesis project. To fulfill this requirement, most students opt to submit a manuscript article to a professional journal, though some may choose to complete a traditional academic thesis.


Charged per credit hour. Tuition for 2017-18 is $508/credit hour. Students are responsible for their own textbooks and course materials.  Learn more about financial aid for graduate students ►

When can I start?

The deadline for completed applications for fall admission is February 15.