Two-Year Master's

Specialize in archaeology or ethnography

The Master of Science in Applied Anthropology degree is a 36-hour program that can be completed in five continuous semesters, if full-time student status is maintained. Students generally focus on either archaeology or ethnography through elective course work.

The program includes a required internship and a research project in the form of a thesis or practicum.

Program features

To build your practical skills, this program requires the completion of an internship and a research project:

  • Internship: You are required to complete a 200-hour internship in consultation with your advisor. Successful completion of this requirement includes a written report and an oral presentation on your experience.
  • Research: You may fulfill the research requirement through either the completion of a practicum report or a thesis. A practicum requires that you conduct an applied project from beginning to end. A thesis involves original scholarly research.

Recommended two-year course sequence

The graduate anthropology degree is intended to be completed in five continuous semesters with a fall semester start, a full-time course load and one summer semester. Courses should normally be taken according to the schedule outlined below. Please consult with your advisor and check out the anthropology course rotations about any changes to this course sequence.

Sample schedule

First semester (fall)

Total hours9
ANT 600 Applied Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT 645 Cultural Resource Management 3
Elective 3

Second semester (spring)

Total hours9
ANT 611 Ethnographic Field Methods
or ANT 650 Advanced Methods in Archaeology
ANT 770 Research Design and Writing in Anthropology 3
Elective 3

Third semester (summer)

Total hours3
ANT 790 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3

Fourth semester (fall)

Total hours9
ANT 720 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 3
ANT 795 Directed Readings in Anthropology 1-3
Elective 3

Fifth semester (spring)

Total hours6
ANT 797 Practicum in Applied Anthropology
or ANT 799 Thesis