The SDSU Department of Anthropology offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree through two specializations, general anthropology and applied anthropology. The general anthropology specialization is for students who anticipate additional work leading to a doctoral degree in anthropology or direct placement in an academic or research setting. The applied anthropology specialization trains students to apply anthropological principles and methodologies to solve real-world problems. It is intended for those who plan to seek employment in the nonacademic sector.
Our faculty have a range of expertise and research interests that include such topics as Maya archaeology (Ball), coastal archaeology (Braje), historical archaeology (Mallios), forensic anthropology (Mayes), primate ecology and behavior (Riley), applied anthropology (Conway), environmental and ecological anthropology (Lauer), gender, race, and ethnicity (Perez), and medical anthropology (Sobo). See the faculty bios for more detailed information about our faculty’s thematic and topical interests and current research projects. Our faculty run several laboratories and centers where students can receive training and experience and participate in active research projects. These facilities include the Environmental Anthropology Lab, Discourse Lab, Physical Anthropology lab, Collections Management Program, and South Coast Information Center.
We encourage prospective students to register with the My Graduate Access Page, or MyGap. It will enable you to customize an access page to your specific needs and help answer questions about tuition and fees, housing, financial aid, and other topics.
The admissions guide provides details about applying to our program.
For a comprehensive overview of the M.A. program requirements see the anthropology graduate student handbook.
Our program has approximately 50 active graduate students. To learn more about our students and their current projects see the graduate student profiles on the Anthropology Graduate Student Association website.
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