2017-2018 General Catalog 
    May 23, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology, M.A.

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Graduate Requirements for Anthropology

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Minimum Master Hours:
Minimum Doctorate Hours:

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in graduate courses (5000 or above).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate courses.
  • Continuous registration (3 credit hours minimum) fall and spring until graduation.
  • Complete a Master’s degree in Anthropology or closely related field at another university, or pass the department’s master’s-level qualifying examination.
  • GRE score in all categories in the 70th percentile at least.
  • 500-word statement outlining professional objectives and identifying a proposed faculty sponsor.
  • Formal support of at least two regular faculty members.
  • Continuous registration (3 credit hours minimum) fall and spring until graduation.
  • Two consecutive semesters of full-time (9+ credit hours) registration.


Required Coursework


All graduate students are expected to have basic proficiency in statistics. Most graduate students (particularly those in Biological Anthropology, Evolutionary Ecology, and Archaeology) will be expected to gain additional statistical expertise, as determined by the student’s supervisory committee.

Program-Specific Requirements

In addition to the department-wide courses above, Masters students are required to take one of the following sets of courses. Courses in addition to these may be required by a student’s supervisory committee.

Biological Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

Joint Program in Anthropology and Health Services Administration

This is a certification program offered through Anthropology and Health Services Administration. Students must meet the course and other instructional requirements for the Cultural Anthropology Master’s Degree as itemized above, as well as for the Health Services Administration Program. For further information, contact Polly Wiessner at 801-581-5757.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to take a qualifying examination by the end of their fourth FTE semester in this department. The exam consists of a written component (6-8 essays written in 2 four-hour sessions) followed within 10 business days by an oral examination. It is generally expected that all required courses will be completed prior to the examination.

Language Requirement