University of Colorado - Boulder

College of Arts and Sciences



ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

, MA-Anthropology, Dual MA/MBA-Anthropology/Business Administration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with specializations in the sub-disciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology. Students who acquire an advanced degree are equipped to transmit to others the knowledge, central principles, theories and research methods that have been developed in the discipline of anthropology.

Successful candidates will have a reasonable knowledge of the historical development of general anthropological concepts and theory and of directly relevant concepts and knowledge from related disciplines. In addition, successful candidates for the doctoral degree are expected to carry out and report original anthropological research within a circumscribed area of specialization. They are also expected to be capable of teaching the precepts of their specialty and guiding future candidates for the doctoral degree through a program of research training.

Degree Details:


Requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate level course work: examinations cover particular subfields of anthropology.


This is a dual degree program, requiring 30 hours of graduate level work in anthropology (3 hours of which may be an approved elective in the MBA program) and 43 hours of MBA course work in the Leeds School of Business.


Requires an MA in anthropology or equivalent degree (as assessed by CU anthropology faculty) and sponsorship of a student’s candidacy by a faculty member. There is a minimum of 30 hours advanced graduate course work. The foreign language requirement can be met if a student has received a C or better in a fourth semester undergraduate course or if facility in a foreign language can be assessed and documented by other means approved by the Graduate Committee. Depending on the specific research planned, doctoral students may be asked to acquire an additional language or other skills. Preliminary exams are based on the student’s field of interest. The dissertation is typically based on fieldwork or laboratory research.

Certificate Programs

Anthropologists are integral to a number of interdisciplinary and professional graduate certificate programs offered on campus, including Development Studies; Remote Sensing; Population Studies; Culture, Language, and Social Practice; Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices; and others.

Graduate Certificate Programs  

  • Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices (IDMP)
  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in Environment, Policy, and Society
  • Certificate in Museology
  • Certificate in Women and Gender Studies
  • Professional Development Certificate for Preparing Future Faculty
  • Graduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Certificate in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP)
  • Certificate in Development Studies
  • Certificate in Remote Sensing
  • Graduate Teacher Certificate in College Teaching


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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