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.

Anthropology students at a dig site Matt Gush
Anthropology faculty facilitate a diverse range of applied learning opportunities for anthropology students, such as ongoing archaeological research in southern 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 MA program requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours in anthropology, an introductory statistics course and a minimum 3.25 GPA (on a 4.00 scale).

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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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