Key learning outcomes:
Through the graduate degree in the field of Anthropology and Archaeology offered by Harvard University you:
- Build a foundation in the theories and methods of anthropology and archaeology through the investigation of the material culture of past societies.
- Enhance your understanding of the similarities and differences across cultures, including their origins and their contemporary implications for ideology, religion, gender, land use, ethnic conflict, race, and current political and environmental crises.
The degree includes 12 courses, three of which are taken on campus.
- Get started. You begin by completing three stipulated degree courses as outlined on the degree requirements page. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
- Apply to the program. While you are completing your third degree course, you submit the admission application. We have application cycles in the fall, spring, and summer.
- Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, year round in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least three courses on campus.
- Complete your thesis. Working with a thesis director, you conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how research is executed and communicated.
- Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Anthropology and Archaeology.
12 Graduate Courses
The degree is customizable. Within the program curriculum, you choose the anthropology and elective courses that meet your personal learning goals.
- 5 anthropology and archaeology courses
- 1 anthropology seminar or designated Harvard Summer School study abroad course
- 2 general electives
- EXPO 42b is an elective option
- Thesis proposal tutorial
- Master's Thesis (8 credits)
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArchaeology Anthropology View 207 other Masters in Anthropology in United States
To begin the admission process, you simply register—no application needed—for the following three, four-credit, graduate-level degree courses:
- SSCI 100A Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences—Anthropology and Psychology
- 1 anthropology and archaeology course
- 1 anthropology and archaeology course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42b)
The three courses don't need to be taken in a particular order or in the same semester, but each course must be completed with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0. Before you enroll in any degree-applicable courses, you need to possess a bachelor’s degree.
English is the language of instruction at Harvard Extension School. If your native language is not English, you must have provided designated proof of English proficiency to register in the courses.
International37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
National37200 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 37200 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
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