California State University Northridge

M.A. On Campus
12 months
14016 USD/year
14016 USD/year
8472 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Anthropology master’s program at California State University Northridge emphasizes broad training in four fields of anthropology (archaeology, biological anthropology and human evolution, cultural anthropology and applied anthropology), while offering students some flexibility in degree planning and requirements.


Program Description

The master’s in Anthropology at California State University Northridge is particularly well-suited for students who want to enter a Ph.D. program in anthropology but may not have the preparation necessary to enroll in such a program directly; teach in the community colleges; or establish a career in a field that utilizes anthropological methods, theory and/or data. All students in the program are required to take seminars in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology and anthropological theory. In addition, students take elective courses to fit with their area of specialization. They complete their degrees either by passing a series of comprehensive exams or by writing a thesis. Those who want to teach anthropology at the community college level are encouraged, but not required, to choose the comprehensive exam alternative. Students who plan to enter a Ph.D. program in Anthropology are strongly encouraged to write the thesis. Students who plan other anthropology-related careers (e.g., museum work, public folklore, etc.) will decide between the examination and thesis alternatives in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Anthropological Theory and Method
  • Problems in Cultural Anthropology
  • Problems in Physical Anthropology
  • Problems in Archaeology
  • Seminar in Management of Archaeological Resources
  • Problems in Applied Anthropology
  • Anthropological Research Design
  • Proposal and Grant Writing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




33 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

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

  • Completion of minimum University requirement for admission to graduate standing.
  • Two-page written statement by applicant indicating research and career objectives.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Demonstration of research and writing skills. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14016 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    14016 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14016 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    8472 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8472 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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California State University Northridge


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