Admission Requirements

Admission into the Master of Science in Applied Anthropology program is a competitive process. To be eligible for admission, you must meet the requirements outlined below:

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is selective. The minimum standards for admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University.
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; OR at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR a combined score of 1000 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. At least a 3.25 in all anthropology courses.

This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in anthropology, which should include at least two courses in cultural anthropology and in archaeology, a theory course, and an introduction to statistics. A field school or fieldwork experience is highly recommended, as are courses in North American Indians and North American Archaeology. Promising applicants may be admitted provisionally with deficiencies, which will need to be rectified with extra course work.

A final decision on admission will be made by the anthropology graduate admissions committee, which will take the following into consideration:

  1. Three letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise.
  2. A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting any experience relevant to this Master’s program.
  3. A statement of purpose of 300-500 words on qualifications and reasons for pursuing this degree.
  4. At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper).
  5. A transcript of all courses taken and degree(s) completed.

Admission will also depend on the number of students the program can support at a given time and the suitability of the applicant and his or her interests for the objectives of the program.

Accelerated Master's option

Outstanding undergraduate majors in anthropology at Missouri State may gain early acceptance to the Master of Science program in Applied Anthropology. Admitted students will be permitted to take up to 6 hours of graduate credit in ANT at the 600-700 level that can be applied to the requirements for both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program director, department head, and Dean of the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course.

Eligible students may initiate the process for admission to the accelerated option by submitting an application to the Graduate College. This should be completed as early as possible to allow sufficient time for consideration of all application materials. Students are encouraged to consult with the graduate program director prior to applying.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Option
  1. A declared major in Anthropology at Missouri State University.
  2. Senior standing and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  3. Completion of at least 21 hours in ANT, including ANT 226 and ANT 240, with a 3.5 GPA or better in the major.
  4. Three letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise from faculty familiar with your performance.
  5. A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting any experience relevant to this master's program.
  6. A statement of purpose of 300-500 words on your qualifications and reasons for pursuing this degree.
  7. At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper).
  8. Formal acceptance to the accelerated option by the graduate faculty in anthropology.