12 months
21592 USD/year
21592 USD/year
5500 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Anthropology program of the University of Nevada, Reno has an in-house research museum with rotating exhibits, a physical anthropology lab, a linguistics lab, a prehistoric archeology lab and a historical archeology lab.


Anthropology examines the diversity of human experience

Anthropology is an academic discipline that operates at the crossroads of the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities to examine the diversity of human experience across culture and time.

Anthropologists in the department study everything from human evolution to pre-history to life in a globalizing world. Because of this breadth of focus, anthropology is highly relevant to understanding and living in a rapidly changing world.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno is home to an active community of scholars including specialists in archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and biological anthropology. We offer a wide range of courses in each of these sub-disciplines and many research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. The department offers bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees. Students have opportunities for training in a variety of laboratories and research programs.

The department takes a four-field approach to understand humans and emphasizes collaborative research that cross-cuts sub-fields.

Students pursuing the Anthropology program of the University of Nevada, Reno must satisfy all graduate school requirements. A thesis is required. Optional tracks for the thesis include prehistoric/historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology or physical/biological anthropology.


Graduates in the field of anthropology have a variety of career options. This includes teachers, writers, researchers and museum curators, or they may choose to work in private industry, government, health care, law, foreign service, economics, law enforcement, social development, or heritage preservation. A bachelor's degree in anthropology or advanced postgraduate master's or doctoral degree provide knowledge and experience useful for many different career choices.

Some anthropologists work for large multinational corporations, where they specialize in understanding the different ways in which people around the world do their business. Or they may work in developing countries as consultants to government agencies, helping people and nations adapt to changing economic and social conditions. Anthropologists also may work as professional archeologists, who perform surveys and excavations on sites affected by erosion or construction activities. Many anthropologists work as university and community college teachers and researchers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Individual Reading 
  • Graduate Research 
  • Graduate Seminar in Cultural Anthropology 
  • Graduate Seminar in Physical Anthropology 
  • Graduate Seminar in Archaeology and Prehistory
  • Seminar Anthropological Problems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


31 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Graduate School must receive admission application, official transcripts and general TOEFL scores.
In addition to all Graduate School application materials, the department requires two additional documents:
  • Personal statement
  • Graduate assistantship application

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21592 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21592 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21592 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5500 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 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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