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Anthropology - MA

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: February 01, 2024

Spring Deadlines

Standard Deadline: November 01, 2023

Application Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

Applicants to the MA in anthropology must have 3 credits of sociocultural anthropology before applying to the program.

The program also requires a 1,000-word writing sample such as an essay or full-length research paper.

Regarding the goals statement, the key is to (1) show how your background studies (in your undergraduate degree, for instance; or current work) have led you to want to deepen your knowledge of the discipline of anthropology and undertake research at the Master's level in anthropology and (2) describe the topic or questions your eventual MA research project might focus on. The statement should also (3) describe what it is about our program that makes you think it would be a good fit for you, and (4) mention one or two faculty members you would like to work with and why. MA students in our program work closely with one or two professors as they complete their thesis or project, so it is important to study the anthropology faculty research areas and publications before applying to the program. A professor’s research area could be a good fit depending on the area of the world she or he studies, but equally in terms of the themes, topics, and/or research methods he or she employs. There is no page limit but most goals statements run between 3 to 4 pages double-spaced.