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21 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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California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, USA

The master of arts program in Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activism and social justice. We recogni ... +

The master of arts program in Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activism and social justice. We recognize social movements as a key location of knowledge production alongside that of the university. The mission of the M.A. program is to generate a dialogue among agents active in these two locations of knowledge production. Our intention is to establish a particular kind of institutional space where social movement activists immersed in organizing would meet scholars primarily engaged in theoretical work. The program, inspired in part by the vision of the Popular University of Social Movements, proposed by the Portuguese academic and activist Boaventura de Sousa Santos, is envisioned as a space of translation of academic and grassroots knowledge and experiences, produced in the encounter among social scientists, artists, and activists from the Bay Area. The M.A. in Anthropology and Social Change provides students with an opportunity to simultaneously engage with the world of prefigurative social struggles and with the world of social science and radical theory. As our program is located in an area that is unique in terms of diversity and richness of social struggles, we encourage students to establish a relationship with local social justice groups, organizations, movements, and campaigns. Activist research with a focus on concrete utopia makes this investigative experience rewarding both for students and for the local community. -
MA
Full-time
English
Aug 2022
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. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
24 - 48 months
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Gain critical thinking skills from one of the world's best universities in the discipline of social anthropology.

Gain critical thinking skills from one of the world's best universities in the discipline of social anthropology. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 

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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
Sep 2022
29 May 2022
Campus
 
The New School
New York, USA

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
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

In this interdisciplinary specialization, you will learn to contextualize medical ideas within their time and culture and to analyze a diverse range of sources, including hist ... +

In this interdisciplinary specialization, you will learn to contextualize medical ideas within their time and culture and to analyze a diverse range of sources, including historical artifacts, comics and films, medical texts, and health journalism publications. -
MA
Full-time
English
01 Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa

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

The program offers an MA via research leading to a dissertation of around 120 pages. The dissertation is prepared for examination under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in your choice of topic. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Feb 2023
31 Oct 2022
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The MA Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability programme focuses on the big challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and ad ... +

The MA Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability programme focuses on the big challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and address the major trends and debates as engaged global citizens. The programme is suited to those who are interested in climate change, sustainability and global equality, and who want to find out how to influence policy and practice in places of power. Climate politics, mass extinction, inequalities, racial injustice and global health crises raise questions about how we currently live our lives and pose crucial questions about how we can build a sustainable future. The Anthropology of Global Futures and Sustainability MA programme focuses on the big challenges of our times, offering students the opportunity to explore, communicate and address the major trends and debates as engaged global citizens. It asks fundamental questions about what it is to be human in a complex and ever-changing world, critically questioning existing assumptions and knowledge, and productively thinking about how to envision and create a more just and sustainable world. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
26 Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Campus
 
Western University
Toronto, Canada

Anthropology is dedicated to documenting and understanding human beings. It takes as its starting proposition that we can only reach such an understanding by studying people w ... +

Anthropology is dedicated to documenting and understanding human beings. It takes as its starting proposition that we can only reach such an understanding by studying people wherever and whenever they have occurred and from both a cultural and biological perspective. -
MA
English
Campus
 
University of California Santa Barbara Graduate Division
Santa Barbara, USA

The Department of Anthropology at UCSB is a medium-sized department with excellent faculty, high national visibility, and a reputation for a first-rate graduate program. Each ... +

The Department of Anthropology at UCSB is a medium-sized department with excellent faculty, high national visibility, and a reputation for a first-rate graduate program. Each student contracts a unique course of study and research directed towards understanding human nature, culture, biology, past, and present. -
MA
English
Campus
 
University of Central Florida College of Sciences
Orlando, USA

The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. This program's course work is conceptually four-field, with facu ... +

The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. This program's course work is conceptually four-field, with faculty strengths in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. -
MA
English
Campus
 
Monmouth University
West Long Branch, USA

Immerse yourself in the study of people and their cultural behaviors, past and present, with Monmouth University’s Master of Arts in Anthropology degree. This comprehensive, 3 ... +

Immerse yourself in the study of people and their cultural behaviors, past and present, with Monmouth University’s Master of Arts in Anthropology degree. This comprehensive, 30-credit program is grounded in method and theory and provides extensive opportunities for fieldwork and internships in archaeology, cultural anthropology, cultural resource management, geographic information systems (GIS), historic preservation, and many other areas, giving you essential hands-on experience and preparing you for a career or doctoral study in anthropology. -
MA
English
 
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, USA

The Master of Arts program in Anthropology trains students broadly in both anthropological theory and method. Students receive a first-rate classroom-based education combined ... +

The Master of Arts program in Anthropology trains students broadly in both anthropological theory and method. Students receive a first-rate classroom-based education combined with exceptional opportunities for practical laboratory and field experience. Research skills are developed through designing and completing an original research project. Our curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to prepare students for a variety of jobs or to continue their academic studies in pursuit of a higher degree. -
MA
English
Campus
 
University Of South Africa (UNISA)
Pretoria Central, South Africa

A student registered for a 180-credit structured research master's degree must complete the study program within three years. A student may make an application to the Registra ... +

A student registered for a 180-credit structured research master's degree must complete the study program within three years. A student may make an application to the Registrar for one additional year of study. -
MA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Campus
 
East China Normal University
Shanghai, China +1 More

The graduate program in socio-cultural anthropology at ECNU covers general socio-cultural anthropology and applied anthropology, with particular specialties and courses in the ... +

The graduate program in socio-cultural anthropology at ECNU covers general socio-cultural anthropology and applied anthropology, with particular specialties and courses in the anthropology of development, the anthropology of religion, ethnicity, and minorities in China, the anthropology of food, visual anthropology, and the anthropology of money. -
MA
English
Campus