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Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Mississippi

M.A. in Anthropology

Anthropology offers a Master’s degree in Anthropology, requiring a total of 30 credit hours. What can you do with an MA? Meet some of our recent graduates

Our four-field anthropology program offers courses in cultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology and in archaeology that together provide a solid foundation for careers in anthropology and beyond. Our curriculum and employment opportunities also emphasize the methods anthropologists need for successful careers with quantitative anthropology (Anth 572), a seminar in research design & methodology (Anth 609), and two proseminars (Anth 604 and 605) that cover topics from CVs and job search panels to navigating ethics and thesis writing. Optional courses are available in digital anthropology, human osteology, forensics, and zooarcheology, as well as courses elsewhere on campus in GIS and forensic chemistry.

Students earn their degrees by passing comprehensive exams at the end of year 1, successfully completing coursework in years 1 and 2, and designing and writing an original thesis by the end of year 2. Click on the links below for a short description of the courses:

Anth 572 Quantitative Anthropology
Anth 601 Anthropological Theory & Methods
Anth 604 Professional Development I
Anth 605 Professional Development II
Anth 606 Seminar in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Anth 607 Seminar in Biocultural Anthropology
Anth 608 Seminar in Archaeology
Anth 609 Seminar in Research Design and Methodology
Anth 697 Thesis

Catalog Description

Overview | Degree Requirements

The M.A. in anthropology prepares a student to do original anthropological research. Graduates may seek research positions in anthropology or pursue doctoral studies.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 30

Course Requirements

The M.A. in anthropology requires 24 semester hours of graduate course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit. At least half of the courses must be taken at the 600 level. The 24 course hours must include Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (Anth 572), Anthropological Theory and Methods (Anth 601), Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (Anth 606), Seminar in Biocultural Anthropology (Anth 607), Seminar in Archaeology (Anth 608), and Seminar in Research Design & Methodology (Anth 609), and Professional Development Seminars I and II (Anth 604 and 605). Students must attain a B- or better in Anth 572, 601, 606, 607, 608, and 609.

Other Academic Requirements

During the first two years, students participate in seminars, which review the entire field of anthropology and prepare them for a two-day comprehensive exam. After passing this exam, master’s candidates select a thesis director and committee to work with them on designing a thesis project. Candidates must prepare and orally defend a thesis.

Financial Assistance

The Department strives to fund as many qualified students as possible. Most students accepted into the program receive funding in the form of teaching and research assistantships. These assistantships provide partial tuition waivers and annual stipends of approximately $5,000. Opportunities for summer research assistantships are sometimes available. In addition to departmental assistantships, there are non-service University honors fellowships and inclusivity fellowships available for qualifying students. See the Financial Aid Information from the Graduate College for more information.