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Anthropology, M.A.

Anthropology is an integrative and comparative field of scholarship devoted to discovering and analyzing the range of human biological and cultural variation, as well as to understanding the historical, ecological, and sociopolitical contexts in which human diversities and commonalities develop. The field encompasses and integrates cultural anthropology (the study of living communities), linguistic anthropology (the study of the human use of language), biological anthropology (the study of humans’ primate relatives, human evolution, and modern biological variation), and archaeology (the study of the culture of past communities). The Master of Arts in Anthropology degree program will provide students with the theoretical and methodological skills to gather, record, analyze, and communicate about human activity patterns in the past and present, and at local and global levels.

The M.A. in Anthropology is designed to meet the needs of two kinds of students: those seeking to prepare for doctoral education in anthropology or other fields and those seeking post-baccalaureate skills for employment in a wide range of occupations in our increasingly intercultural  and international world: education, government, program planning and evaluation, healthcare, media, the nonprofit sector, and business. Coursework in the program will build skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, and the application of anthropological perspectives to both theoretical and applied problems.

The M.A. in Anthropology has the following educational objectives:

  • to provide opportunities for post-baccalaureate study about the human species from evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives;
  • to provide training for the application of anthropological techniques and perspectives to contemporary social problems;
  • to expand cross-cultural understanding within regional and national communities and institutions;
  • to expand understanding of the complex interconnections between local communities and global environments, both natural and social;
  • to emphasize the importance of cross-disciplinary, biocultural approaches to research on the human species.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the University’s graduate admission requirements, all prospective students must submit at least three letters of reference of which at least two are from academic sources; a B.A. in Anthropology or a related field, such as Area Studies, History, Biology, Sociology, etc.; a GPA of at least 3.0 in the student’s undergraduate degree; and GRE scores.

Degree Requirements

The M.A. in Anthropology requires the completion of a minimum of 33 hours of approved graduate work with a GPA of 3.0 or above. The successful completion of a Thesis or an Internship with a research report is also required.

Thesis Track Additional Requirements

Practicum Track Additional Requirements


Students in both tracks may earn up to six credit hours in programs outside of the Department of Anthropology, with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.


The Director of Graduate Studies will appoint an advisor for each graduate student from among the Anthropology Graduate Faculty.


Each student will form a committee of three faculty with the advice of the Director of Graduate Studies. One of these committee members may come from another department.

Language Requirement

There is no specific language requirement, but students in the thesis track are encouraged to pursue appropriate language study.

Thesis/Practicum Research

Students in the Thesis Track will complete a research-based thesis while taking ANTH 6910  and ANTH 6920 . Students in the Practicum Track will complete a research-based report as part of an internship (ANTH 6400 ) with an organization, institution, or agency.

Application to Graduation

Students must complete an Application for Graduation by the deadline date specified in the official University academic calendar in the semester in which they plan to graduate.  Details are available on the Graduate School website at graduateschool.uncc.edu/current-students/graduation.


The Department offers a limited number of graduate assistantships. Awards are made on a competitive basis after acceptance to the program. Interested students should complete the Graduate Assistantship Application online at graduateschool.uncc.edu.