University of Arizona

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology - Master


P.O. Box 210030 , School of Anthropology University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721-0030

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Anthropology - Master

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Anthropology graduate students must demonstrate a broad factual and theoretical background in the principal subfields of anthropology, an authoritative knowledge of a special field of research, a thorough grasp of research methods, and refined critical judgment. In Anthropology, the Master’s and doctoral degrees are synergistically related with respect to collectively describing a common trajectory of post-baccalaureate training that emphasizes increasing independence of thought and action within the context of directed training in the classroom, laboratory, and the field. Our graduate curriculum has been developed (and is continually revised and updated) with an eye toward providing students balanced, in-depth exposure to the full range of anthropological inquiry. As such, our learning strategies at the graduate level focus on creating competent, independent thinkers capable of advancing knowledge within the context of approaches that combine the best of traditional classroom and laboratory instruction with the deployment of cutting-edge pedagogical technologies and learning strategies including internships and practica.

Master's Degree Program

The School of Anthropology’s Master of Arts program offers two tracks: one Master’s track is configured as a gateway to the School’s doctoral program, and a second is a specialized Master’s degree in applied archaeology that is offered as a stand-alone degree.

These M.A. degrees require a thesis or paper that reports substantive and original research. The M.A. paper or thesis is written with the guidance of a committee of three members of the faculty. The final examination for the Master’s degree is an oral examination, administered by the faculty committee. The oral examination is individually scheduled in the candidate’s last semester of study for the degree. It is based on the required and elected coursework and the M.A. project or thesis. There is no foreign language or statistics requirement for the Master’s degrees in Anthropology.
Master of Arts (Ph.D. Track)

Students in the M.A. to Ph.D. track are admitted with the expectation that they will complete both degrees in the School. However, all students who complete the requirements for the M.A. degree and wish to go on to the Ph.D. program must request a “Change in their Degree Program” status that is brought to the full faculty of the School for final vote.

The minimum unit requirement for the MA is 33 (three of these required units are MA thesis or report hours). In addition to the requirements in the major focus (see the Graduate Handbook for details), all students are required to take the core class, Anthropology 608B+, “History of Anthropological Theory.” In addition to the above requirements, M.A. students must enroll for at least three units of Anthropology 909 (Master’s Report) or Anthropology 910 (Master’s Thesis), in consultation with their major advisor. Other courses for the MA degree should also be chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

Master of Arts in Applied Archaeology (Stand Alone)

The School of Anthropology’s Master’s Degree track in Applied Archaeology takes advantage of our strengths in North American archaeology and indigenous archaeology. Applied archaeology is an emerging field of study within Anthropology that creates and uses knowledge in the context of application. The M.A. in Applied Archaeology at the University of Arizona is a rigorous two year academic program designed to teach the subject matter and professional skills needed for a successful career working for businesses, governmental agencies, tribes, and non-profit organizations that employ applied archaeologists. The curriculum includes classroom instruction in anthropological method and theory, laboratory training in specialized analytical techniques, coursework to establish expertise in an archaeological region, and an internship to develop professional skills. The University of Arizona is situated in one of the densest concentrations of applied archaeologists in the country and our program integrates professionals working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors of archaeology. The Master’s degree in Applied Archaeology requires 33 units, three of which are derived from a M.A. thesis or report.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL exam.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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