20 Master of Art Degrees in Anthropology

Students who are interested in earning a higher education after receiving their undergraduate degree may benefit from enrolling in a master's program. A master's degree is typically earned within one to two years. What is an MA in Anthropology? Loosely defined, anthropology is the study of human behavior and the exploration of cultural and social themes within a society. This master's program will… Read more

Students who are interested in earning a higher education after receiving their undergraduate degree may benefit from enrolling in a master's program. A master's degree is typically earned within one to two years.

What is an MA in Anthropology? Loosely defined, anthropology is the study of human behavior and the exploration of cultural and social themes within a society. This master's program will dive into studies of culture relations to human evolution and biology, languages, architecture, art, music and human habitation. Courses will cover how people migrate about the world, the different parts of the world and its dissimilar cultures, and the evolution of the human species.

Students who choose to get their master's in this field will gain knowledge that can benefit them outside of the college setting. This includes skills in analytical reading, attention to detail, careful record keeping and critical thinking. Most courses will cover the historical contingencies and biological principles that govern the present state of humanity as well as its rich history. Students will also learn the fundamental laws of heredity and its implications on populations and society.

Registration costs and course fees will depend on the school and where the facility is located. Interested students should contact the institution directly to find out if the program is right for their career goal needs.

While many graduates of the program traditionally go on to work in institutions of higher education as a researcher or teacher, there are many other career options available for trained anthropologists. Upon completion of their master's, graduates can go on to work in physical anthropology laboratories, at archaeological sites, in museums or in areas of social science research. The market for cultural anthropologists is also expanding as the demand for human and behavioral research increases.

Many institutions offer online classes with distance learning modules to support students with limited access to the facility. There are also part time and full time programs to choose from which offer more flexibility. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences
Miami, USA

Global Health and Society at the University of Miami provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding how global health outcomes relate to society, cu ... +

Global Health and Society at the University of Miami provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective for understanding how global health outcomes relate to society, culture, and the environment. A range of interdisciplinary courses examines emerging challenges to human health and security, global dimensions of medical anthropology, differential access and adoption of evidence-based health policies, governance, practices, and interventions, and how these translate from international to community scales. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest, Hungary

The general goal of the program is to give relevant knowledge to students about the common universal human characteristics and values in their diverse and complex manifestatio ... +

The general goal of the program is to give relevant knowledge to students about the common universal human characteristics and values in their diverse and complex manifestations from the perspective of cultural anthropology. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
September 2020
15 Apr 2020
Campus
 
The New School

The MA in Anthropology is a 30 credit program combining the theoretical and methodological foundations of social and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the critical exp ... +

The MA in Anthropology is a 30 credit program combining the theoretical and methodological foundations of social and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the critical exploration of how ethnographic sensibilities matter in the world today. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

Our graduate program emphasizes research, activist scholarship, and social change.

Our graduate program emphasizes research, activist scholarship, and social change. -
MA
Full-time
English
September 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more sp ... +

Our MA Social Anthropology programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics and/or more regional and language-based study; students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to acquire a broad knowledge of the discipline; and students with little or no previous knowledge of social anthropology wishing to take the degree as a conversion course before proceeding to a research degree in anthropology. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Canada

The Anthropology Department at the University of Lethbridge has expertise in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology. We offer a fieldwork-based MA program ... +

The Anthropology Department at the University of Lethbridge has expertise in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology. We offer a fieldwork-based MA program with seminars through the Cultural, Social and Political Thought interdisciplinary graduate program and Independent Studies seminars with members of the Anthropology Department. Faculty in our department research on a range of topics, including the anthropology of policy and governance; anthropology of happiness and wellbeing; environmental anthropology; race, ethnicity and indigeneity; anthropology of childhood; psychological anthropology; medical anthropology; anthropology and archaeology of food; origins of social complexity and social inequality; anthropology of ritual and religion; anthropology of development; and urban anthropology. We research in diverse settings, including South-east Asia, Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain, Mali, Aotearoa/New Zealand, United States and Canada. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
24 months
English
September 2020
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with exper ... +

The programme offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examining under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
January 2020
Campus
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The interdisciplinary Master's programme History: Medical and Health Humanities combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches ... +

The interdisciplinary Master's programme History: Medical and Health Humanities combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches. Classes explore the different ways that bodies and minds have been investigated and understood, and how these various ways of knowing shape everyday life, medical practice, and public health policy. Participants learn to contextualise medical ideas in the time and culture, and to analyse a diverse range of sources, including historical artefacts, comics and films, medical texts and health journalism. Drawing on methods from across the disciplines, students will broaden their tools of investigation beyond the written word to also consider the sounds, smells, and the look and feel of the past and its lessons and legacies in the present day. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Canterbury, United Kingdom

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a deg ... +

This programme is designed as an advanced course in social anthropology and is for students who have already studied anthropology either as a degree course or as part of a degree course at undergraduate level. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers you the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from ... +

Our MA programme in the Anthropology of Food offers you the opportunity to explore historically and culturally variable foodways, from foraging to industrial agriculture, from Europe and North America to Africa, Asia and South America. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Social Anthropology of Development programme will provide you with an understanding in the ways which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meaning ... +

Our MA Social Anthropology of Development programme will provide you with an understanding in the ways which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies and practice. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA programme in Anthropology of Media takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matters. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural s ... +

Our MA programme in Anthropology of Media takes up the challenge of understanding how and why media matters. The programme uniquely combines anthropology, media and cultural studies with SOAS’s regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Medical Anthropology programme is distinctive not only in its comparative approach and focus on health issues pertaining to the so-called Global South, but also in it b ... +

Our MA Medical Anthropology programme is distinctive not only in its comparative approach and focus on health issues pertaining to the so-called Global South, but also in it being informed by clinical, STS, as well as anthropological perspectives. It provides an introduction to the practices and perspectives of medical anthropology by offering a historically contextualised analysis as well as critiques of specific assumptions in biomedical cultures. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

Our MA Medical Anthropology comprises two pathways catering for candidates with or without anthropological training. The degree is suitable for students with an intellectual i ... +

Our MA Medical Anthropology comprises two pathways catering for candidates with or without anthropological training. The degree is suitable for students with an intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health as well as for those who work in health care. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of development, with expertise in a regional language. It pr ... +

This two-year intensive language pathway is directed at students who wish to combine knowledge of the anthropology of development, with expertise in a regional language. It prepares students to apply their anthropological knowledge in a developing country context by achieving proficiency in a language. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
28 Sep 2020
30 Jun 2020
Campus