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Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
Based on the premise that anthropology should play leading research and advocacy roles in the human dimension of global change, the University of Georgia has designed an innovative graduate program leading toward a Ph.D. specializing in ecological and environmental anthropology.


Other environmental and ecological sciences are simply not theoretically or methodologically equipped to understand the culture-bearing human species with its complex behavioral patterning. Beginning in 1988, the department set out to build a first-class ecological-environmental program; we added new faculty, new physical resources, and aquired more funding. This growth continues, and the faculty is committed to continually improving the quality of the program. Since 1988 we have seen our students complete in good time (usually 5-6 years for the Ph.D.), and then move into very competitive academic and professional positions in anthropology and related environmental fields.

The programme

The Department of Anthropology offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology. These graduate programs reflect training in basic anthropological knowledge and the department’s focus on environmental and ecological anthropology.

Admission is only to the PhD program. Students may complete the requirements for an MA degree en route to the PhD or as the terminal degree in their program. Students are admitted and begin the PhD program only during Fall semester. No new admissions are permitted in the Spring semester.

Training focuses on the role of anthropology as a discipline in understanding the human-environment interface, both past and present, and from a cross-cultural perspective. The doctoral program also provides students with the flexibility to attain interdisciplinary training in other academic areas relevant to understanding issues of sustainable human ecosystems. Relevant academic areas for coursework within the university can be found in the Institute of Ecology, the Environmental Ethics Program, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and allied disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduates of the program should be qualified for teaching, research, or applied employment opportunities. Requirements for the PhD degree include satisfactory performance on written and oral comprehensive examinations, fulfillment of a research skills requirement, language requirement, and an approved dissertation which reflects the student’s specialization and the departmental focus.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of Georgia (UGA) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Integrating Anthropology
  • Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Archaeology
  • Aaeological Research Design and Analysis
  • Qualitative Research Design and Analysis
  • Current Theory in Ethnography

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Application for admission
  • Application-processing fee
  • Transcripts
  • Entrance test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
  • Any supplemental material required by the department

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49384 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    49384 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    17408 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

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