Master of Arts in Anthropology

Master of Arts degrees

Graduate students pursue graduate studies in one of two tracks:

  • Applied Anthropology
  • Research Anthropology

Within each track, students select one of three possible emphases:

  • Archaeology
  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
Our graduate program has many faculty, across anthropology subfields, working in the area of medical anthropology. Click here to learn more.
Our graduate program involves direct field experiences on the Colorado Plateau, in other regions of the United States and internationally, depending on your areas of interest. Your field opportunities are increased by our close cooperation with local, state, and federal organizations and agencies, including the:
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Navajo Nation Archaeology Department
  • US Forest Service
  • Wupatki National Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
  • National Park Service

Applied Anthropology

Our Applied Anthropology track is internship-oriented, and is devoted to helping you enter the expanding non-academic job market in applied anthropology. This program involves:

  • Research
  • Intervention
  • Management
  • Advocacy in Service to Groups and Organizations

For this track, you must complete at least 36 hours of coursework, including writing and successful defense of a Master’s thesis.
The internship track requires a predefined sequence of coursework in order to complete the degree in two years.

More information about the Applied Anthropology track.

Research Anthropology

The research/thesis track, a more traditional master’s program, allows you to pursue independently designed research goals. If you’re interested in further graduate study or a career in academia or research, this emphasis can provide valuable experience.
For this track, you must complete at least 37 hours of coursework, including a research-based thesis that you must successfully defend. The thesis track provides a bit more flexibility when it comes to coursework sequence than the applied track. However, certain classes do need to be taken during specific semesters, so plan carefully with your adviser’s help. 
More information about the Research Anthropology track.