Wichita State's Master of Arts (MA) in anthropology combines a diverse range of courses and concentrations, with opportunities for student-faculty research and internships in many different settings—opening doors to a wide variety of career paths.

Learn how Anthropology is the right fit for you.

Student helping a professor with fossils.

Anthropology students and faculty get a hands-on history lesson through the excavation and cleaning of a mammoth tusk found near Cunningham, Kansas.

Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

Admission to the program requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours in anthropology—including courses in history and theory of anthropology and in the three main subdivisions of the discipline—and a minimum 3.25 GPA in the last 60 hours of credit.

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Inside the Program

Anthropology student makes big discovery at ancient battle site

Anthropology students have the opportunity to search for historic artifacts.

In 2017, student Mitchell Young discovered a horseshoe nail that was more than 400 years old. 

He made the discovery while working with professor Donald Blakeslee at the archaeological site of the long-lost city Etzanoa, the known location of a 1601 Spanish and Native American battle near Arkansas City, Kansas.


A master's degree in anthropology requires 36 hours of graduate study, of which 60 percent (22 hours) must be numbered 700 or above.

In addition to core courses, students must choose from one of three tracks to complete their degree: thesis, project or internship. All students who present a thesis, project or internship must pass an oral defense. A foreign language examination may be required depending upon the nature of the thesis topic.


From the lab to the field, anthropologists are found working in diverse settings within the areas of education, government, public health, social services, foreign service, museums, law enforcement and more.

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