12 months
708 USD/credit 33984 USD/year
708 USD/credit 33984 USD/year
478 USD/credit 22944 USD/year
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An Anthropology degree at Portland State University allows you to dig deep into anthropology and pursue one of the subfields: biological anthropology, archaeology, or sociocultural anthropology. or develop a project that cross-cuts the subfields.

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Students have the option of choosing either the thesis track, the internship track, or the skills-based track (courses + comprehensive exams).

The curriculum includes over 60 courses for students who want to learn more about the field. Our courses address a huge range of topics and emphasize writing, critical thinking, research methods, and ethics. We offer:

  • lecture-type classes
  • online courses
  • small seminar-discussion classes
  • lab-based classes (zooarchaeology, artifact/feature analysis, human osteology, paleoanthropology)
  • training in ethnographic methods including ethics and protocols for working with human subjects
  • field-based courses, such as the Fort Vancouver Archaeological Field School and the Primatology Field School at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve in western Florida


The Anthropology degree at Portland State University has had great success placing students in a range of settings: government agencies (U.S. Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Oregon State Police, Peace Corps), private corporations (Intel, ICF-International), non-governmental organizations, and others (Oregon Health Sciences University).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Seminar in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Core Seminar in Archaeology
  • Core Seminar in Physical Anthropology
  • Research Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Archaeological Lab Methods
  • Archaeological Field Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 SCH
  • 48 - 52


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 in anthropology courses and an overall GPA of 3.00; in the case of extenuating circumstances, exceptions may be considered, subject to the above university admissions requirements
  • 500-word "Statement of Intent"
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample
  • GRE (optional)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 708 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22944 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 478 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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