M.Sc. On Campus

Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice

24 months
61050 USD/year
61050 USD/year
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The Master of Science Program in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice at Boston University is designed as a two-year, full-time program requiring research methods and theory courses, seven electives, a service-learning internship, summer fieldwork, and five professional development workshops.


Key facts

Students can opt to participate in the program on a half-time basis. MACCP students also attend the weekly Research-In-Progress meeting in the Department of Family Medicine, with clinician researchers.

The overall goal of the MS in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice at Boston University is to provide interdisciplinary training in medical anthropology and cross-cultural clinical and/or research practice. The curriculum has been designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and methods of medical anthropological and qualitative research, and in the student’s own area of concentration.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and breadth of medical anthropology theory and its applications in research.
  • Demonstrate an ability to design and propose an original qualitative fieldwork research project for ethics committee review and funding agencies.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a particular area of research concentration.
  • Demonstrate effective public and professional communication of medical anthropology research through publication and presentations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with a group related to research focus, to develop applied dimensions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Medical Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropological and Qualitative Research Methods and Design
  • IRB Proposal Development and Writing
  • Reading Ethnography in Medical Anthropology
  • Writing Ethnography in Medical Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

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Other requirements

General requirements


  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors – or similar – in your proposed field.
  • A Personal Statement, minimum 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Submitted transcript and letters of recommendations must be in English. 
  • International Student Data Form 
  • A copy of the biographical page of your passport
  • Copies of all of your immigration documents if you are currently in the U.S.
  • Required financial documentation demonstrating your ability to pay for your expenses at Boston University

Tuition Fee

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    61050 USD/year
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    61050 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 61050 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 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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