Applied Anthropology Graduate Program

Why study applied anthropology at Missouri State?

  • Applied anthropology is the fastest growing area in anthropology today.
  • Missouri State offers one of just a few applied programs in the country and the only one in the state of Missouri.
  • Faculty are actively engaged in research projects across the country and globe, including the Ozarks region; African American, Latino and Native American communities in the U.S.; as well as communities in West Africa, Jamaica and Mexico. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our faculty on their research projects.
  • We are committed to preparing you for a professional career as a practicing anthropologist. Our program focuses on transferable skills for the workplace such as project design, field and lab research, quantitative analysis, computer applications, proposal and report writing, and public speaking.
  • Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening to provide scheduling flexibility for working professionals.

Applying anthropology

All fields of anthropology can be applied to the needs and problems of society today. The strengths of our program lie in the fields of archaeology and cultural anthropology; although it is possible to pursue studies in biological and linguistic anthropology as well.

Our faculty and staff have expertise in the following applied subjects:

Community development

Cultural resource management

Environmental studies

Ethnographic research


Historical archaeology

International development

Language preservation


Medical anthropology


Public archaeology

Skeletal analysis



Degree options