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Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
Providing students instruction in the study of holistic anthropology, the Anthropology programme delivered by University of South Carolina fosters an atmosphere that encourages critical thinking, problem solving and integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of humankind. 


In the Anthropology programme delivered by University of South Carolina, you will gain knowledge in four areas — cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology. You will experience intensive discussion, multimedia engagement and hands-on applications in many classes, while acquiring skills in research methodology and presentation. Anthropology majors also have the opportunity to participate in research and fieldwork, both abroad and locally.

You will develop skills necessary to appreciate the cultural and biological diversity of humans, while learning how to apply this knowledge in a variety of ways. Many unique opportunities await you, such as getting involved with a field school offered each summer in archaeology and ethnology.


In general, about half of our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs. Some have continued at USC (Linguistics, Public Health, Sociology). Others have gone elsewhere to study Anthropology (Stanford, University of Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Yale, UCLA, McGill, UC Riverside, Kent State University, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue, UC Berkeley, Texas A & M, University of South Florida, Medical School, University of SC., UNC - Chapel Hill, UVA, SUNY Birmingham, Simon Fraser University).

Those who don't continue on to Ph.D. programs go on to fulfilling careers. 

As demand increases for anthropologists across industries—from education and public health to law enforcement and engineering—the University of South Carolina’s Anthropology Department prepares students to thrive in today’s global economy. Driven by a need for employees with critical thinking skills who can manage, analyze, evaluate, and interpret data on culture, gender and overall human behavior, organizations demand diverse skills key to success in a multicultural society. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Anthropology 
  • Linguistic Anthropology 
  • Biological/Biocultural Anthropology 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.5 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 and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:


    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:


    Recommended Analytical Writing score:


    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • While our standards are flexible, we particularly seek students who have: GPA about 3.5, GRE scores about 148 quantitative, 160 verbal and above 4.5 in analytical writing.
  • Personal Statement - Your personal statement is an important way for us to get to know a little more about you and decide whether our program will be a good fit for you. 
  • Previous Anthropology Coursework.
  • Writing Sample - Your writing sample should be a research paper, completed during the past 5 years, if possible. We are looking for clear writing and evidence that you can summarize your own research and that of others.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
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