Master of Art Programs in Anthropology

Compare 28 MA Programs in Anthropology

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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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Master of Arts in German-French Perspectives in Ethnology

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The M.A. programme trains students in the reflexive application of key theories and concepts in the cultural analysis that are central to the critical interpretation of the diversity of socio-cultural institutions and practices. [+]

The research focus at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Frankfurt is the comparative empirical study of non-European societies by documenting and analysing cultural commonalities and differences between different societies. Research and the teaching curriculum thus concentrate on the study and analysis of socio-cultural phenomena at the local level as well as in a comparative global context.

The M.A. programme trains students in the reflexive application of key theories and concepts in the cultural analysis that are central to the critical interpretation of the diversity of socio-cultural institutions and practices.

The M.A. in social and cultural anthropology is a 4-semester-long degree programme that is designed to follow a B.A. in anthropology or a related discipline. The focus on teaching students to critically engage with the discipline’s state of the art as well as the scholarly debates that have been formative to it and to develop further research questions from such engagements. Further, students are taught to conceptualise and execute their own research projects in which they investigate independently developed research questions. Finally, students learn to reflect on their research results in the context of scholarly debates and draw relevant conclusions.... [-]


Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The Master’s programme imparts profound knowledge of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology and offers specialist knowledge in focus areas within this subject. [+]

The research focus at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Frankfurt is the comparative empirical study of non-European societies by documenting and analysing cultural commonalities and differences between different societies. Research and the teaching curriculum thus concentrate on the study and analysis of socio-cultural phenomena at the local level as well as in a comparative global context.

The M.A. programme trains students in the reflexive application of key theories and concepts in the cultural analysis that are central to the critical interpretation of the diversity of socio-cultural institutions and practices.

The M.A. in social and cultural anthropology is a 4-semester-long degree programme that is designed to follow a B.A. in anthropology or a related discipline. The focus to teach students to critically engage with the discipline’s state of the art as well as the scholarly debates that have been formative to it and to develop further research questions from such engagements. Further, students are taught to conceptualise and execute their own research projects in which they investigate independently developed research questions. Finally, students learn to reflect on their research results in the context of scholarly debates and draw relevant conclusions.... [-]


M.A. in Anthropology (Cook School of Intercultural Studies)

Biola University
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 USA Los Angeles

The Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is designed for those students who desire advanced training in the study of people in culture preparatory to careers in the teaching of anthropology, serving as anthropological consultants to cross-cultural agencies or research into and the application of anthropological methods of inquiry to contemporary issues associated with globalization. [+]

M.A. in Anthropology (Cook School of Intercultural Studies)

The Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is designed for those students who desire advanced training in the study of people in culture preparatory to careers in the teaching of anthropology, serving as anthropological consultants to cross-cultural agencies or research into and the application of anthropological methods of inquiry to contemporary issues associated with globalization, development, public health or other social conditions.

The Master of Art in Anthropology has been designed as a generalized degree that requires students to be familiar with all five fields of anthropological inquiry: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, and applied anthropology. A distinctive of the Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is the manner in which a Christian perspective is integrated into every aspect of the courses offered.... [-]


MA in Anthropology (Research)

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 South Africa Johannesburg

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. [+]

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.

Admission requirements

An Honours Degree in Anthropology and a final course mark of at least 65% in the particular discipline.

Contact details

Name: Prof David Moore Tel: 011 559 2979/2859 / Email: dbmoore@uj.ac.za

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Master of Arts in Anthropology

University of Lethbridge
Campus Full time Part time 24 - 48 months September 2019 Canada Lethbridge + 1 more

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. [+]

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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 Social Anthropology of Development and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2019 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 and Intensive Language

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

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

Start of programme: September

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.

The degree is designed to provide students with a fairly detailed knowledge of anthropology, development issues, research methods, and either an ethnographic region (and/or language) and/or thematic interest in health/gender/food/ media. Advice will be given to match the choice of optional components to the requirements, interests, and qualifications of individual students whose background may be in general social science, regional, language or other studies. While the focus of the degree is on development issues and practice, its disciplinary orientation remains anthropological.... [-]


MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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 Anthropology of Media with Intensive Language

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. [+]

MA Anthropology of Media with Intensive Language

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.

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.

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MA Social Anthropology Programme with Intensive Language

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

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. [+]

MA Social Anthropology Programme with Intensive Language

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.

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

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students:... [-]


MA Social Anthropology

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

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology teaches the discipline of Social Anthropology with special reference to the societies and cultures of Asia and Africa, both past and present. The emphasis given to particular regions and approaches varies with current trends in the discipline and contemporary global developments. Students come to the course from all over the world, following BA study, work, and travel experience or after long careers in other fields. [+]

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.

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed on a modular basis offering different pathways to suit, broadly, three categories of students: 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 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 Social Anthropology of Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 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 Migration and Diaspora Studies and Intensive Language

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4 years September 2019 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 2019 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 Medical Anthropology

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 intellectual interest in anthropological approaches to the study of health as well as for those who work in healthcare in Africa and Asia. [+]

MA Medical Anthropology

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.

Who is this programme for?

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 healthcare in Africa and Asia.... [-]


MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 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.... [-]