Humboldt State University

Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Applied Anthropology

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Marketable Skills for Your Career The Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University is a rigorous yet flexible program focused on building rewarding, relevant, competitive, marketable skills. Students will be held to high standards, and graduates will be in a position to confidently apply anthropological perspectives, theories and methods to a variety of careers in today’s academic, non-academic and increasingly global job market (e.g., college teachers, researchers, administrators, program developers, advocates, registered professional archaeologists, doctoral students). Flexibility around Your Life and Research The program begins with an intensive 5-unit Summer Institute held on the HSU campus in the midst of the magestic Redwood Empire. During this time, students build camaraderie and receive rigorous training in methods and research skills so they may proceed through the program with confidence. While on campus, students work with resources such as the archaeology and biological anthropology laboratories, cultural, artifact & skeletal collections, and the simulated archaeological site. After the Summer Institute, students undertake 30 units of additional coursework over three full-time semesters or six part-time semesters. During this part of the program, students gain additional practical experience through an applied internship, and are guided through the thesis process as an integral part of coursework. All core courses other than the Summer Institute are offered solely via online distance learning, the primary goal of which is to enable students to simultaneously obtain applied experience and/or complete thesis fieldwork/research without being limited by geographical location. Students are encouraged and expected to take advantage of this freedom by setting and achieving clear, strong goals. This model also trains students to be successful in modern applied/academic workplace environments that expect competence in self-discipline and navigating/communicating across a variety of media. The online coursework is rigorous, yet primarily asynchronous, meaning that students will have flexibility in planning days and times to view course materials/lectures and complete assignments each week. Students who would like to be on campus after the Summer Institute are welcomed and will have access to departmental facilities. This program aims to produce skilled practitioners at the MA level. Some examples of thesis/career areas are: • Archaeology: Cultural Resources Management, Heritage Preservation, Museum Studies, Bioarchaeology, Mesoamerican Studies • Biological Anthropology: Forensics, Nutrition, Primate/Human Ecology & Evolution, Conservation, Evolutionary Medicine • Cultural Anthropology: Ethnography, International Development, Media, Public Health, Medical Anthropology


California State University and this program is accredited by the Senior College Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). WASC is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally-recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that CSU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance.

International Student Requirements:

English language proficiency: Regardless of their citizenship, all graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 35

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $375 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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