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California State University Northridge

12 months
14042 USD/year
14042 USD/year
8498 USD/year
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The Anthropology 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 Anthropology program 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:

  • 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH



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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completion of minimum University requirement for admission to graduate standing
  • B.A. in Anthropology with coursework that includes introductory courses in archaeology, biological anthropology and sociocultural anthropology; anthropological theory; and anthropological methods
  • Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0 must score at or above the 50th percentile on the GRE
  • Or completion of the CSUN Certificate in Foundations of Anthropological Knowledge or the Certificate in Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge with a GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Two-page written statement by applicant indicating research and career objectives
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Demonstration of research and writing skills. Applicants must submit to the graduate committee a sample research paper, written in English, and preferably one that was completed as part of the baccalaureate degree requirements, such as a senior thesis or other research paper done

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14042 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8498 USD per year during 12 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 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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