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Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
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.  
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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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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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

    30549 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30549 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    30549 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30549 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    11346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11346 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
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