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Applied Anthropology, M.A.

Anthropology is a holistic science dedicated to the study of human biological and cultural diversity across time and space. Anthropologists integrate methods and theories from across the sciences, arts, and humanities to gain a deep understanding of how people live in and respond to their environments.

Why This Program

We promote intensive development of broadly applicable research and professional skills.

Our students engage in resume-building internships and research projects across the globe, and the program’s online core coursework allows you to complete your degree from a field site.

You’ll build critical awareness of our globalized world and recognize multiculturalism and diversity as fundamental characteristics.

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Did you know?

  • The program can be completed entirely online, enabling freedom in location of residence and research.
  • Students can opt to engage on-campus in electives, labs, and internship opportunities.
  • Anthropology graduates are well suited for the academic, nonacademic, and increasingly global job market.
  • The program design emphasizes the relevance and applicability of anthropology across society in fields such as education, government, health, law, development, entertainment, and beyond.
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Anthropology students gain specialized knowledge and research skills in subfields and world regions through advanced coursework and hands-on laboratory and field experiences. This provides a basis for employment in a wide range of careers and advanced degree programs.

  • Archaeologist
  • Museum curator
  • Ethnographer
  • Linguist
  • Cultural resources manager
  • Paleoanthropologist
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Primatologist
  • Environmental anthropologist
  • Medical anthropologist
  • Qualitative research consultant
  • Educational program coordinator
  • and more!
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