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A wide range of theoretical approaches using various methodologies derived from evolutionary and ecological theory and empirical methodology are used in the graduate level curriculum. Specific areas of emphasis include anthropogenic effects on the environment, modeling human-environmental interactions and body/mind connections in contemporary health and religious practices.

The Master of Arts program has an established reputation, as evidenced by a high rate of placement of its graduates. Extensive collections, research opportunities and internships are also available with Gilcrease Museum. Over 75 percent of those who have earned a degree currently hold anthropological or archaeological positions. The rapidly growing doctoral program in archaeology, established in 2012, provides thorough training in both theoretical and applied aspects of the field.

The Ph.D. program offers concentration only in archaeology. It emphasizes a sound understanding of archaeological science, inter-disciplinary training and the development of practical skills applicable to both pure and applied research. The Ph.D. curriculum prepares students for either applied or academic positions upon graduation.

Both programs build a foundation for the application of anthropological theory and method to a variety of real world problems and ensures that all students learn strong basic research skills. We offer state-of-the-art labs, which allow us to combine experimental archaeological analyses with extensive fieldwork worldwide.

Program Objectives

M.A. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Students will specialize in one of two Master’s degree tracks with or without a thesis: Archaeology or Cultural Anthropology. After completing the Master’s degree in Anthropology, students will:

  1. Have a broad knowledge of theory and research across the sub-disciplines of anthropology.
  2. Communicate research findings effectively in written and spoken presentations
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze anthropological data.

PH.D. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

After completing the Ph.D. in Anthropology, students will:

  1. Contribute original, problem-oriented research that will make a significant contribution to the discipline.
  2. Communicate research findings effectively in written and in oral presentations.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze anthropological data.
Degree Options

Anthropology, Archaeology Track, M.A.

Provides the necessary theoretical and technical background for pursuing professional careers or continuing graduate studies at the doctoral level, concentrated in Archaeology.

Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology Track, M.A.

Provides the necessary theoretical and technical background for pursuing professional careers or continuing graduate studies at the doctoral level, concentrated in Cultural Anthropology.

Anthropology, J.D./M.A.

Students may obtain simultaneous graduate degrees in law and anthropology, saving up to 19 hours of course work by combing this degrees.

Anthropology, Ph.D.

Designed to integrate experiences and perspectives of applied research throughout the curriculum, offers theoretical and methodological training.

Application Requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, the following items must be submitted to the Graduate School:

  • A completed Graduate School application
  • Statement of Purpose (admission essay)
  • 2 – 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on your academic potential
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • GRE General Test results
  • $55 application fee
  • International students who studied at a university outside of the U.S. will also need to submit TOEFL or IELTS results