Master of Art Programs in Anthropology

Compare 25 MA Programs in Anthropology

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 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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Anthropology

International Accelerator
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Boston

As an interdisciplinary department that combines Anthropology, Human Geography, and Sociology, we are proud to offer both a Ph.D. and MA in Global and Sociocultural Studies. [+]

Anthropology

About Us

Welcome to the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies. GSS provides a unique opportunity to integrate the disciplinary approaches of anthropology, geography, and sociology with cross-disciplinary theorizing and research.

Our BA, MA, and Ph.D. programs focus on three overlapping themes: Identities and Inequalities, Migrations and Diasporas and Nature-Society.

Utilizing comparative, transnational, diasporic, and global perspectives, GSS pursues research on these themes through a variety of theoretical approaches and by utilizing qualitative, quantitative, and applied research methods. The program’s research and teaching themes reflect and resonate with our university’s location in one of the world’s most dynamic regions: the greater metropolitan area of Miami—a hemispheric crossroads of sociocultural, political, economic, and environmental forces bridging the United States with the Caribbean and Latin America, the Atlantic region, and the world at large.... [-]


MA in Anthropology & Museum Practice

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom London

Fusing Goldsmiths' academic excellence and professional training from the Horniman Museum, the MA in Anthropology & Museum Practice provides you with a uniquely comprehensive set of skills. [+]

Fusing Goldsmiths' academic excellence and professional training from the Horniman Museum, the MA in Anthropology & Museum Practice provides you with a uniquely comprehensive set of skills.

This degree draws on expertise in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, in partnership with The Horniman Museum and Gardens, to deliver a unique opportunity to develop both your academic knowledge and practical professional skills.

Whether you're a mid-career professional looking to expand your subject expertise in anthropology, or an anthropologist looking to move into the museum sector, the course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be a confident, knowledgeable and professional practitioner in the anthropology and museum sector.... [-]


MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Development

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This is a pathway of the MA in Applied Anthropology & Community and Youth Work, aimed both at international applicants who may not need a British National Youth Agency qualification and those who want to become specialists in community development. [+]

This is a pathway of the MA in Applied Anthropology & Community and Youth Work, aimed both at international applicants who may not need a British National Youth Agency qualification and those who want to become specialists in community development.

This MA is a second pathway to the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community and Youth Work. It was launched in 2012 as an option for international or home students who do not need a National Youth Agency qualification and for those who want to specialise in community development. A third pathway, the MA in Applied Anthropology and Community Arts started in 2015.

The three pathways entail different placements but are taught together, providing many opportunities for exchange of ideas and collaboration amongst students.... [-]


Master of Arts in Anthropology

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Washington

The master's program provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the four fields of the discipline: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. [+]

The master's program provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the four fields of the discipline: biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Students may choose concentrations in the following:

International Development Medical Anthropology Museum Training Summary of Requirements The standard program consists of 36 hours of course credits, including 3-6 hours of thesis credits, although a thesis is not required for some program concentrations. Students must take at least three of four proseminars (Anth 6101-6104), but those with significant background in a field, as determined by evaluation of a student petition to the proseminar instructor, may waive one proseminar. Students who do waive a proseminar must, however, take one proseminar from Group A (6101 and 6103) and one from Group B (6102 and 6104), and must receive grades of B or better in order to continue in the program. All students must also take a methods course. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA. All students must demonstrate competency in an approved foreign language. Students must write a culminating project that can be a thesis or a journal paper. For details, consult the graduate student manual on mapping out a program. Financial Aid from the Department ... [-]

Anthropology and Social Change MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

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

Anthropology and Social Change MA and Ph.D. Programs

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

MA and PhD students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process with the support of talented faculty. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.... [-]


M.A. in New Humanities and Design: Specialisation - Public History and Heritage Interpretation

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2019 India Bengaluru

The Srishti MA in Public History and Heritage Interpretation offers students a program like no other, enriched by insights from design and humanities thinking. This ‘hands-on’ program enables students to explore the possibilities that art and design offer in understanding peoples’ experiences, narrating histories and creating spaces where a multiplicity of voices from the past can be heard. At Srishti, students will build a practice in public history and benefit from the presence of the Centre for Public History, located on campus, and its international networks and experienced staff. Students will also be exposed to ongoing dialogues with other courses in the School of New Humanities and Design, particularly within the space of shared studios. [+]

M.A. in Public History and Heritage Interpretation

What values can the past bring to the fast-paced and swiftly changing present? How can we discover and interpret where the roots of the present lie? The contemporary moment offers us new opportunities and new technologies with which to explore the historical, bring to the fore people’s experiences of the past, and through that new understanding recreate and present new perspectives on heritage.

We envision the Public History and Heritage Interpretation as an opportunity to learn new ways of engaging with historical sites, monuments and institutions and thus address the contemporary challenges of interpreting history. This specialization will empower students to include in their interpretations of heritage the diverse voices that have been ignored so far and so engage with history outside conventional academic practice. This specialization will create professionals who have the ability to transform museums, heritage sites, and archives into spaces that dynamically interpret the past by reimagining history with new technologies.... [-]


MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialized research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS or elsewhere. [+]

MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

Duration: One calendar year (Full-Time) Two or three years (Part-Time, daytime only) The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialized research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS or elsewhere.... [-]


MA Anthropology of Media

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Anthropology of Media is a recent and rapidly growing field within the larger academic discipline of Anthropology. It both incorporates and challenges the well-established anthropological concerns with visual culture and ethnographic film through a more extensive examination of contemporary media practices. Along with the parallel disciplines of media and cultural studies, Anthropology of Media is now widely recognized as playing an increasingly important and critical role in current debates about media. [+]

MA Anthropology of Media

Please note that this degree will NOT be running in 2018/19

Duration:

One calendar year (full-time).

Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The minimum of an upper second-class BA degree (or equivalent). Some exceptions are made for those with significant experience in a relevant media related career.

Start of programme: September intake only.... [-]


MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The degree is suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage. [+]

MA Anthropology of Travel and Tourism

Please note that this degree will NOT be running in 2018/19

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2-3 years part-time.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours degree (or equivalent, e.g. 3.3 GPA or higher); other strong qualifications may be taken into account. Please note that admissions are suspended for 2017-18. Admissions for 2018-19 will resume in autumn 2017.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The degree is suitable for students with an interest in anthropological approaches to diverse aspects of tourism as a cultural force in the contemporary world, from sustainable development to cultural heritage. Our students come from all over the world, following BA study, a masters degree in another field, or work and travel experience. This combination of diverse backgrounds and skills creates a uniquely stimulating intellectual environment. Many of our graduates go on to a PhD; others pursue careers in research and consulting; NGOs; museums and other cultural institutions; travel-writing; alternative tourism enterprises; and government agencies.... [-]


MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London

This is the only Masters-level programme offered anywhere in the world that provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research (broadly defined) in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological). [+]

MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali

Duration: 2 years

Entry Requirements: Applicants will need to produce documented evidence of language learning ability (a language A level or equivalent, or successful completion of an undergraduate language course).

Start of programme: September.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time.

Who is this programme for? Students who wish to conduct doctoral-level research in Nepal, or in preparation for professional employment in e.g. a government agency or international NGO.

This is the only Masters-level programme offered anywhere in the world that provides students who intend to proceed to conduct anthropological research (broadly defined) in Nepal with the necessary skills (disciplinary, linguistic, methodological).... [-]


MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies is a broad-based degree for students who want to receive specialized research training in Migration and Diaspora Studies, including a relevant language, which will prepare them to proceed to advanced postgraduate research in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS or elsewhere. [+]

MA Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language

Duration: 2 years full time, 4 years part-time

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for? Students who wish to know more about the transnational nature of the modern world; Students who wish to continue their anthropological study at a postgraduate level and engage in critical contemporary theory; Students who wish to understand cultural transformation from a global perspective; Students who come from other disciplines, such as Law or Politics, and now wish to incorporate an anthropological perspective on issues of migration and diaspora. Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist migration and diaspora related topics along with regional or language-based study Students without a previous degree in Anthropology looking for an MA conversion degree to serve as a qualification for pursuing a further research degree in issues relating to migration and diaspora. ... [-]

MA Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

As one might expect of study at SOAS, our programme is unique in that we take a cultural and phenomenological approach to the anthropology of medicine. That is, we stress a truly cross-cultural method, one which unites all medical systems in a unified comparative perspective. This allows students to grasp the underlying principles and questions common to all therapeutic systems. Given the diversity of the School’s courses, students may choose options which strengthen either the humanities or the development studies aspects of their interests. [+]

MA Medical Anthropology and Intensive Language

Duration: 2 years full time, 4 years part-time

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honors degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for? Intercalating medical students, or students intending to pursue a medical degree. Students with a degree in the social sciences or humanities wishing to acquire a broad understanding of medical anthropology with reference to Asia or Africa, but also including other parts of the world People with professional experience in medical practice who have an interest in cross-cultural understandings of health and illness. Students with a degree in social anthropology wishing to pursue more specialist topics in the anthropology of medicine. Students without a previous degree in Anthropology looking for an MA conversion degree to serve as a qualification for pursuing a further research degree in anthropology ... [-]

MA Social Anthropology of Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This Anthropology MA provides an understanding of the ways in which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies and practice. It attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences which makes for a lively and challenging atmosphere. [+]

MA Social Anthropology of Development

Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).

Start of programme: September intake only.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

This Anthropology MA provides an understanding of the ways in which anthropological approaches and debates inform the study of meanings and concepts in development, its priorities, policies and practice. It attracts students with diverse backgrounds and study/work experiences which makes for a lively and challenging atmosphere.... [-]


MA Anthropological Research Methods

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Anthropological Research Methods (MaRes) may be taken either as a free-standing MA or as the first part of a PhD [e.g. as a 1 + 3 research training program]. In either case, the student completes a program of research training that includes the Ethnographic Research Methods, Statistical Analysis and the Research Training Seminar as well as a language option. [+]

MA Anthropological Research Methods

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2/3 years part-time. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Social Anthropology. This Master is designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in Social Anthropology. Exceptionally this course may be taken as a conversion MA. Students who would like to take this path must demonstrate the regional and language expertise necessary for continuing onto a PhD.

Start of programme: September.

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time.

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MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This Master is designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in social anthropology. The programme might also be taken as a stand-alone MA for those wanting training in anthropological research methods for professional development or practical application. [+]

MA Anthropological Research Methods and Intensive Language

Duration: 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. The expectation in the UK is of continuous study across the year, with break periods used to read and to prepare coursework.

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Social Anthropology or a taught Masters degree in social anthropology. This Master is designed for students wishing to pursue a PhD in Social Anthropology. Exceptionally this course may be taken as a conversion MA. Students who would like to take this path must demonstrate a solid grounding in the discipline as well as the regional and language expertise necessary for continuing onto a PhD.... [-]