M.A. On Campus


The University of Iowa

24 months
31012 USD/year
31012 USD/year
12065 USD/year
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The Anthropology at The University of Iowa is aimed at providing students with advanced training in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, or anthropological linguistics with a goal of preparing them for additional graduate study or professional work in anthropology and related fields.


About Anthropology at The University of Iowa

Students are required to do original field, archival, or laboratory research. The department also offers an independent M.A. with a focus in Cultural Resource Management- Archaeology (CRM), which provides academic preparation for a professional career in CRM-Archaeology.

Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • Disciplinary expertise. Graduate students should develop an in-depth understanding of the differences and similarities of people across place and time based on anthropological evidence and theory;
  • Skills for independent research. Graduate students will acquire professional and ethical research, reasoning, and methodological skills to identify important research problems and to subsequently design, execute, productively engage with feedback, and report (via writing and presentations) results of independent research programs to a diverse audience;
  • Teaching Contributions. Graduate students will effectively and ethically communicate anthropological concepts and theories to a broad audience;


Graduates establish careers at universities, colleges, museums, health care institutions, and a diverse range of governmental and nongovernmental agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Archaeological Theory and Method
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Graduate Teaching Pro-Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH
  • 30-36 credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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
  • 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
  • verify English proficiency by submitting official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

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    31012 USD/year
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  • National

    31012 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 31012 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12065 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12065 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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