The University of Iowa

25 months
29026 USD/year
30612 USD/year
11665 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Anthropology at The University of Iowa the grants both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology.  Most of our students enter the Ph.D. program, and are awarded an M.A. after fulfilling program requirements at the end of their second year.  


Here at The University of Iowa we offer a master program degree in Anthropology. Our graduates go on to work at universities, colleges, museums, and a diverse range of governmental and non-governmental agencies.   For more information and examples, see Graduate Placement.

Topical and geographic strengths in the Department of Anthropology include cultural evolution, cultural politics, environmental anthropology, European archaeology, feminist anthropology & sexuality studies, medical anthropology, paleoanthropology, science & technology studies, and Asian studies. Our faculty work within and across the discipline’s four subfields, and conduct both localized and multi-sited research at locations around the globe--including East, South, and Southeast Asia; Europe; southern Africa; North America (especially the U.S. & Mexico); South America; and the Pacific (especially Hawai’i and New Zealand).

Funding Opportunities

  • The Department of Anthropology normally offers funding for four years, usually in the form of graduate assistantships (teaching and research assistant positions), to incoming graduate students.  
  • Applications for graduate assistantships can be found in your admissions profile in MyUI.  Students should complete the application by January 1 to be considered for the following fall semester. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Cultural Resources Management Archaeology: Practice and Practicalities
  • Seminar: Archaeological Theory and Method
  • Archaeology of the American Midcontinent
  • North American Archaeology
  • Southwestern Archaeology
  • Pleistocene Peopling of the Americas

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 25 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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

Candidates for admission to the graduate program are required to submit the following documentation:

  • a completed university application form
  • transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals competent to judge the candidate’s potential for graduate training
  • scores from the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (taken within the past 5 years)
  • at least one example of your previous work (e.g., a term paper or an original experiment)
  • a statement of interest describing why you would like to undertake graduate study in our program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29026 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29026 USD per year and a duration of 25 months.
  • National

    30612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30612 USD per year and a duration of 25 months.
  • In-State

    11665 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11665 USD per year and a duration of 25 months.


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