Program Requirements

Becoming a professional anthropologist

The Master of Science in Applied Anthropology is a 36-hour degree program that requires the completion of an internship and a research project. For the research requirement, you will be asked to either complete a practicum, which consists of an applied project with a corresponding report, or a written thesis detailing your original research. Both the internship experience and research project build your professional skill set, preparing you for success in the field.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hours)

  1. * Core Requirements (21 hours)
    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours

    ANT 600


    ANT 645

    Applied Anthropology


    Cultural Resource Management

    3 hrs


    ANT 611


    ANT 650

    Ethnographic Field Methods


    Advanced Methods in Archaeology

    3 hrs


    ANT 655


    ANT 695

    Archaeological Theory


    History of Anthropological Theory

    3 hrs
    ANT 770 Research Design and Writing in Anthropology 3 hrs
    ANT 790 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3 hrs

    ANT 797


    ANT 799

    Practicum in Applied Anthropology



    3-6 hrs 
  2. * Skills Requirements: 12 hrs of demonstrated proficiency in a modern foreign language; or 6 hrs, at least 3 hrs being graduate level, from the following: statistics, quantitative methods, GIS, web design, film production or other courses with approval of the advisor and the graduate director.
  3. Electives: Any graduate level course in ANT as approved by advisor.  Up to 9 hours of relevant graduate level courses in other programs may be applied to the degree with approval of the advisor.

    * Core and Skill Requirements may be met by equivalent undergraduate courses (e.g. ANT 500, 510, 545, 550, 555, 595) but those hours are not counted toward the 36 hours required fr this degree.
  4. Internship. Every student will complete an internship of at least 200 hours with an approved organization. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this internship, in consultation with his or her advisor. Completion of the internship requires submission of a detailed report or portfolio and an oral presentation to the anthropology faculty and graduate students.
  5. Advisory Committee. Every student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will supervise the course of study. An advisory committee of at least three professors from the Graduate Faculty will be formed to evaluate the practicum or thesis. This committee may include an additional member from another university, or an agency or organization, when appropriate.
  6. Research.Upon completion of the core courses, electives, and internship, each student will submit a proposal for a research project. This proposal shall be prepared in consultation with the student’s advisor. When completed, the graduate director will convene a hearing with the student’s advisory committee for final approval. There are two options for this research project:
    1. Practicum.It is expected that most students will conduct an applied project from beginning to completion. The final report will serve as the equivalent of a thesis.
    2. Thesis. In some instances, it may be more appropriate to conduct a research project and write a thesis.
  7. Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of a thesis or a practicum report, a hearing will be held and the student will be examined by the advisory committee. Each student will also give a public presentation on his or her research.