Why Choose WSU?

We offer a Master of the Arts in Anthropology. A Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies can be completed concurrently. In addition to coursework, our MA program emphasizes hands-on training, with thesis, project, or internship opportunities. All students work closely with a faculty advisor in their subdiscipline of interest.


Program Requirements

The Master of the Arts in Anthropology is a 36-credit hour degree designed to be completed in two academic years. After prerequisites are met, all students receive training in the three major subdisciplines of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Students must then take advanced seminars in two of the three subdisciplines. The MA can be completed in three tracks: thesis, project, or internship, so that students can tailor the program to their specific interests and career projections. The Department of Anthropology offers professional development through the Colloquium series, a one-hour course which students take twice over the course of their degree. For more details, check out the course catalog!

The Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies is a 15-credit hour certificate that can be completed independently or in tandem with the MA. There are four core courses in methods, museum exhibition, administration and financial management. Three credit hours are flexibile for electives, independent study, or internship study. The coursework is designed to be hands-on, with students producing their own exhibits for the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology and other divisions on campus. For more details, check out the course catalog and the program flyer!



We have rolling admissions, but applications to be considered for internal funding are due Oct 1st  and Feb 1st. We offer competitive scholarships and graduate assistantships for MA students. Hard deadlines are determined by the Graduate School and depend on residential or international status.

Admission to the MA program requires the completion of 15 credit hours in anthropology, which must include a cultural anthropology course, an archaeology course, a biological anthropology course, and a course on the history and theory of anthropology. Admission also requires a grade point average of 3.25 on a 4 point scale. Students who do not meet these admission requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis to complete prerequisite coursework or maintain a certain GPA at WSU. Prospective students are required to submit a written statement of purpose that addresses their intended area(s) of specialization within anthropology. Read more about admissions and apply online!