Anthropology (M.A.)

M.A. Anthropology

The two-year master of arts (M.A.) program in anthropology emphasizes a holistic approach to the anthropological domains.
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Program Overview

The Department of Anthropology at Texas State offers a comprehensive curriculum, national and international fieldwork opportunities, dedicated archaeological and forensic research centers/laboratories, and community-based cultural anthropology research projects. These experiences provide students with the solid foundation they need to become professional anthropologists in both the academic and non-academic job markets.

Students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and apply their anthropological expertise to issues of global concern.

Course Work

Texas State’s anthropology program provides the highest quality education for students in preparation for doctoral studies or professional careers through faculty expertise, concentrated course work, beyond-the-classroom training in fieldwork and research- and student-centered guidance. The two-year master of arts (M.A.) program in anthropology emphasizes a holistic approach to the anthropological domains. Students complete a total of 36 credit hours, including core seminars in archaeology and biological and cultural anthropology, as well as methods classes and six credits of thesis hours. The remaining hours of electives are determined by each student’s area of concentration.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option Areas of Research
Degree
M.A.
Concentration
Archaeology
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Areas of Research
Hunter-gatherers, complex societies, iconography, ceramic and lithic analysis, Native American ethnohistory, paleoenvironment, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and cultural resource management
Degree
M.A.
Concentration
Biological Anthropology
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Areas of Research
Modern human skeletal variation, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, primate behavioral ecology and conservation
Degree
M.A.
Concentration
Cultural
Hours
36
Thesis Option
Thesis
Minor Option
No minor
Areas of Research
Medical anthropology, anthropological theory, political economy, globalization, race and gender, Latino culture, linguistics, phonetics, sociolinguistics

What Our Alumni Say

“Texas State’s anthropology master’s program is second to none. Never before have I witnessed faculty who are so committed to providing students opportunities to work with our unparalleled resources, encouraging publication of our original research and fostering a sense of camaraderie.”
— Alex Goots, M.A. ’16

Program Details

The anthropology program provides a cutting-edge educational experience for students interested in applied careers. The graduate curriculum, research opportunities and specialized faculty provide the resources necessary for student success.

The world is an increasingly interconnected, complex, and challenging place. Governments, corporations, and service providers of all kinds must regularly interact with people of differing cultures, experiences, and understandings of the world. Highly marketable anthropological training gives students the skills and background necessary to navigate this global society. The mission of the Department of Anthropology at Texas State is to educate and train students to become professional, practicing anthropologists in the 21st century.

Career Options

Due to the research-based, thesis-only structure of the graduate anthropology M.A. degree, students gain a competitive advantage when applying to doctoral programs or pursuing non-academic career paths. Anthropology graduates have been successful in achieving professional careers outside academia in governmental, private, public, research, and nonprofit arenas, as well as entering top-tier doctoral programs.

Faculty engage in a variety of research. The archaeology faculty focus on hunter-gatherer lifeways, complex societies, iconography, ceramic and lithic analysis, Native American ethnohistory, paleoenvironments, landscape archaeology, behavioral ecology, geoarchaeology, and cultural resource management. The biological anthropology faculty specialize in forensic anthropology, human variation, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, primate behavioral ecology and conservation, primate behavioral development, and cognition. The cultural anthropology faculty have expertise in medical anthropology, anthropological theory, political economy, globalization, race and ethnicity, gender, obesity and body image, sociolinguistics, phonetics, and discourse analysis.

Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree, and more. If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you to contact the following individuals.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. J. David Kilby
ma_anthropology@txstate.edu
512.245.8272
Evans Liberal Arts (ELA), Room 247

Advisor Support
Dr. Emily Brunson
eb32@txstate.edu
512.245.6783
Evans Liberal Arts (ELA), Room 237

Advisor Support
Gerardo Galeana
gbg18@txstate.edu
512.245.5852
Evans Liberal Arts (ELA), Room 266

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Application Deadlines

Entry Term U.S. Citizen International
Entry Term
Fall
U.S. Citizen
January 15
International
January 15
Entry Term
Spring
U.S. Citizen
No Admission
International
No Admission
Entry Term
Summer I
U.S. Citizen
No Admission
International
No Admission
Entry Term
Summer II
U.S. Citizen
No Admission
International
No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Admission Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.

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  •   Review important information about the online application.

    • $55 nonrefundable application fee, OR
    • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

      Review important information about application fees.

    • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
    • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
    • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

      Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted.

  • GRE

    • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

    Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

    Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

    • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
    • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
    • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
      • minimum individual module scores of 6.0
    • official Duolingo scores required with a 110 overall
    • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

      This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
      Review important information about official test scores.

    • resume/CV
    • statement of purpose detailing your academic interests in one of the concentrations and identifying possible areas of anthropological research. If applicable, include any crossover areas of research from the other anthropological concentrations.
    • three letters of recommendation 

      Review important information about documents.

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