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Last Updated: 3/25/2020, 8:13 AM

Master of Arts in Anthropology

Immerse yourself in the study of people and their cultural behaviors, past and present, with Monmouth University’s Master of Arts in Anthropology degree. This comprehensive, 30-credit program is grounded in method and theory and provides extensive opportunities for fieldwork and internships in archaeology, cultural anthropology, cultural resource management, geographic information systems (GIS), historic preservation, and many other areas, giving you essential hands-on experience and preparing you for a career or doctoral study in anthropology.

Whether you’re established in a career and want to develop new skills, or you are a recent graduate ready to immerse yourself in this discipline, our dynamic graduate anthropology program gives you:

  • Opportunities for hands-on learning through extensive fieldwork and research experiences.
  • Renowned faculty accessible in small class settings and available for personalized mentoring and methodological training.
  • Mastery of essential skills such as GIS, artifact analysis, archaeological field methods, cultural resource management, or skeletal analysis.

The program provides flexibility with hybrid, online and summer weekend classes that can accommodate a variety of schedules.

You may also choose to specialize your studies by pursuing an 18-credit Certificate of Archaeology within the M.A. in Anthropology program. Through collaborative research and diverse fieldwork, you will be immersed in the study of human culture and artifacts.

Monmouth University’s M.A. program in Anthropology is an excellent place to develop your skills as an archaeologist or anthropologist. The program combines fieldwork opportunities with an excellent theoretical grounding. Great things are happening in Monmouth’s M.A. program.

Richard Veit, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Of The School Of Humanities And Social Sciences

Skill Development and Faculty Impact

In this program, you will receive the training and conceptual skills that will prepare you for careers in cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural resource management, social policy, teaching, community engagement, and geographic information systems (GIS). Our distinguished, well-published faculty members have conducted research focusing on historic landscapes, urbanization, human-nature relations, tourism, global labor migration, and gender in America. They conduct ethnographic fieldwork in Latin America, Europe, and North America.

Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks

Monmouth’s graduate anthropology program lets you choose between thesis or non-thesis tracks, depending on your preference and education goals. If you plan on pursuing your Ph.D., the thesis track will give you valuable experience in choosing a topic, conducting independent research, and defending your work. In lieu of a thesis, the exam option adds six credits of coursework and a comprehensive two-part written and oral exam.


Predicted growth in anthropology-related jobs between 2012 and 2022
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA).
  • A 500-word essay highlighting personal and/or professional goals and objectives related to pursuing graduate study in the field of anthropology.
  • Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with the prospective student’s academic and/or professional competence.

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