San Francisco State University

24 months
8704 USD/year
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The Anthropology program of San Francisco State University is offered for those who plan to continue their graduate work elsewhere toward the doctorate as well as those who plan to terminate their training at the master's level and seek employment or obtain a teaching credential.


The Anthropology program of San Francisco State University studies the evolution of humankind over time.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Possess advanced knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories of the three sub-disciplines covered by the Department.
  • Have the ability to analyze and evaluate complex data about human biological and cultural systems.
  • Have the ability to employ a comparative approach and make meaningful cross-cultural comparisons.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to perform all phases of anthropological fieldwork in one of the three sub-disciplines, including but not restricted to archaeological fieldwork, collection of biological data, ethnographic participant observation, interviewing, audio-visual and archival research methods.
  • Have skills at levels sufficiently high to allow them access to Ph.D. programs in their sub-field, or move directly into a professional employment in their sub-discipline.

Career paths

Anthropological skills are important for careers in public and private sector social services, health, community organizing and advocacy, cultural resource management, urban planning, international economic development, culturally-focused mass media, environmental assessment, education, social work, investigative journalism, and public policy. The principal goals of the department are:

  • to provide an enriched vision of humanity and culture around the globe as well as an increased sensitivity to our everyday experiences of cultural and ethnic diversity, and
  • to train students who choose to pursue careers in teaching, research, and applied fields at the M.A. level, as well providing a solid basis for those who plan to pursue a doctoral degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar in Anthropological Theory and Method
  • Foundations in Visual Anthropology
  • Seminar in Archaeological Problems
  • Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology
  • Research Skills: The Craft of Anthropological Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One-page Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose (500–word max.)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Official Transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if necessary

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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