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8 Master of Art Programs in Social Anthropology

Those who are desiring to rise to the top of their field often pursue a master’s degree to gain more expertise in their area of study. A Master of Arts involves research and coursework in various fields in the humanities and opens new career possibilities to the graduate. What is an MA in Social Anthropology? Students of social anthropology may either study to gain a broad knowledge of the d… Read more

Those who are desiring to rise to the top of their field often pursue a master’s degree to gain more expertise in their area of study. A Master of Arts involves research and coursework in various fields in the humanities and opens new career possibilities to the graduate.

What is an MA in Social Anthropology? Students of social anthropology may either study to gain a broad knowledge of the discipline or take courses to follow a specialized career path in a specific region. Studies generally focus on research and coursework, comparing societies and culture. They may also take courses in the language of the region in which they wish to specialize. Courses look at how cultures have developed from past to present and may draw from the fields of psychology, media, law, agriculture, and more to achieve a full understanding of a culture.

An MA in Social Anthropology generally involves a heavy focus on research skills, so students completing the course are well-prepared for future academic or career endeavors. Students may also learn a new language, opening up both business and pleasure opportunities internationally. Some schools even offer courses in media production, which opens the door to the media sector for enterprising students.

Depending on what school students choose to attend, the cost of attaining this master’s degree varies. This cost can also vary depending on the number of years students take to earn the degree.

As implied by the name, many students pursuing an MA in Social Anthropology do so with the intent to become professional anthropologists. Students may also branch out into the natural world and become conservation biologists or environmental lawyers, using their experience to link nature to humanity. Others may explore the political sector as government researchers or the education sector as teachers, or travel overseas as consultants with their rich cultural understanding.

Universities in multiple locations offer the chance to earn an MA in Social Anthropology. Students have the option of attending full or part-time to earn their degree. To get started, 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 2021
Campus
 
SOAS University of London
London, United Kingdom

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with South East Asia in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language module would ... +

The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with South East Asia in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language module would enable them to reach a good level of proficiency in one of the four languages; Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. The summer between the first and second year of study is spent in the region following an intensive language module. In the two-year pathway, students can take intensive South East Asian language with either MA South East Asian Studies, MA History, MA Religions of Asian and Africa, MA Medical Anthropology, MA Anthropological Research Methods, MA Migration and Diaspora Studies. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
27 Sep 2021
30 Jun 2021
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
 

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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
 
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
Sep 2021
 
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
Sep 2021
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
27 Sep 2021
30 Jun 2021
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
27 Sep 2021
30 Jun 2021
Campus
 

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