Applied Anthropology, M.A. | San José State University | San Jose, United States
12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Applied Anthropology MA program from San José State University is designed to help students develop skills in applying or using anthropological knowledge which can be used across a wide range of careers.


The Applied Anthropology MA program from San José State University aims to enable students to build on their knowledge of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology to address real world problems and issues. 

The program seeks to provide a structure through which students can develop as practitioners by working closely with faculty on projects that are often done in collaboration with regional organizations. Graduates of our program have secured positions in public, private, and non-profit organizations as researchers, designers, administrators, and program developers. 

Graduates with Applied Anthropology from San José State University will:

  • Understand a range of anthropological research methods and be able to conduct research relevant to problem solving in various settings and for different clients or partners
  • Know basic models of applying anthropology in different settings and have the skills to be able to function as practitioners in several
  • Be knowledgeable about (a) the discipline of anthropology in general and how it contributes to understanding and improving contemporary society; and (b) a particular field of anthropology in greater depth
  • Be able to function effectively in at least one content area or domain of application
  • Understand personal, political, and ethical issues inherent in research and application
  • Develop professionally as practitioners with skills in contracting, project management, and budgeting, as well as the ability to communicate about project goals and findings and the discipline of anthropology to diverse audiences

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory in Practice
  • Applications Core
  • Fields of Application
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Anthropology Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 3.0 grade point average (B or better) in the last 60 semester units of undergraduate work and all Anthropology courses is required. 
  • U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a country outside of the U.S.
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  • English Language Proficiency Exam, if necessary.  
  • A brief cover letter expressing interest in the M.A. Program in Applied Anthropology
    • A current curriculum vita or resume
    • Two signed letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic reference*
    • A 2-3 page letter of intent that addresses: (1) how your background prepares you for our program; and (2) how our program fits into your career plans
    • A sample of your academic writing (8 page minimum)

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      7176 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
    • National

      7176 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.

    Non-CA Resident tuition includes an additional $396 per unit.

    Living costs for San Jose

    1740 - 3150 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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