Graduate Programs

Master of Arts Degree

The objective of the M.A. degree in Anthropology is to prepare students for professional level employment in industry and government, teaching positions in community colleges, or advanced study towards the PhD. degree. The program has four options: General Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociocultural Anthropology, and Forensic Anthropology. The General Anthropology option prepares students in the traditional areas of anthropology: culture theory, ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology. The Archaeology option prepares students for careers in archaeology or cultural resource management. The Forensic Anthropology option prepares students for careers in forensic anthropology or other aspects of law enforcement. The Sociocultural option prepares students for careers in cultural anthropology or ethnography.

Admission to the Program

With the exception of the Forensic Anthropology option, applicants must have a baccalaureate in anthropology and a 2.75 grade point average in the last 90-quarter units attempted and a B (3.0) grade point average in anthropology courses. Those whose undergraduate major was not anthropology must complete 20-32 units in anthropology, including ANTH 497, with a B average. Students’ actual number of units required will be determined by advisement during their first semester of postbaccalaureate study.

Students are accepted into the Anthropology program for the fall semester only. Students must notify the department of their intent to seek admission to the Archaeology, Forensic, General, or Sociocultural option at the time of their application.

Students must apply to both the University and to the Department of Anthropology. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 90 quarter college units taken and a 3.0 in Anthropology units. All applicants must submit a separate application form (available from the Department) to the Department of Anthropology that includes a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. The top ranked applicants to the forensic anthropology option may be given a telephone or personal interview. Completed applications must be submitted to the Department of Anthropology by the deadline listed on the Admission and Recruitment website ( 

See Catalog for Graduate Degree Options