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.
Program Director & Faculty
Veronica M. Davidov
Fieldwork and Research Opportunities
Monmouth’s M.A. in Anthropology gives you the opportunity to study people and their cultures in contemporary and historical perspectives, whether they are in your own community or on the other side of the world. Fieldwork and research opportunities ground your education in the kinds of hands-on experience that defines the field of anthropology.
Diverse Fieldwork Opportunities
Anthropology graduate students participating in a National Park Service grant funded study of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey. Monmouth has relationships with state and federal agencies that provide unique research opportunities.
Leveraging the Program with an Internship
Monmouth University enabled me to participate in experiential learning opportunities; such as working at the American Museum of Natural history, where I had the chance to conduct hands on research excavating and analyzing artifacts from St. Catherine's Island. This opportunity enabled me to make career-changing connections, which was only possible due to Monmouth's program. -Matt Lobiondo, MA in Anthropology '16
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.
"I am a historical archaeologist interested in the 18th and 19th centuries, with a geographic focus on the Middle Atlantic Region. My research focuses on military sites, monuments and commemoration, farmsteads, and institutions. I am also interested in North American prehistory. I have active grant-funded research projects in New Jersey and Jamaica. I regularly publish and present on my projects and work and enjoy engaging in collaborative research projects with students." - Dr. Richard Veit, Department Chair
"As a cultural anthropologist with a focus on human-nature relations, I study how the social and political lives of natural resources -- how they are constructed, valued, and contested. I have conducted fieldwork in Ecuador (in the Amazon and the Andes) and in Northern Russia. I am also trained as a visual anthropologist, and frequently use visual ethnographic methods in my work." - Veronica Davidov, Ph.D, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Anthropology
"I am a biological anthropologist who focuses on human variation, morphological plasticity and human evolution. My current research examines the relationship between environment and the skeleton, with a particular focus on the pelvis." - Hillary DelPrete, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Predicted growth in anthropology-related jobs between 2012 and 2022
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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.
Program Breadth Drives Future Opportunity
Monmouth’s M.A. in Anthropology gives you the opportunity to study people and their cultures, whether they are in your own community or on the other side of the world. A range of fieldwork and research opportunities ranging from research trips to independent study projects ground your education in the kinds of hands-on experience that defines the field of anthropology. Find out about the opportunities Monmouth’s graduate anthropology program offers you.