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Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
The Department of Anthropology upholds The New School’s commitment to critical social inquiry. Since its inception in 1971, the department has fostered cutting-edge empirical, historical, and ethnographic scholarship. The Anthropology program is offered by The New School.


The Anthropology program is offered by The New School.

Long committed to the interdisciplinary breadth necessary for innovative research, the department builds on its close relations with the entire faculty of The New School for Social Research and of the university as a whole.

As a leading department for graduate anthropology studies in the United States, we emphasize critical reflection at all levels of inquiry. We are a small, lively group of scholars and students who thrive in a dynamic intellectual environment that fosters inventive scholarship. Our work is characterized by carefully conducted ethnography, innovative research methodologies, and an awareness of the importance of history.

All students enter the Department of Anthropology through the MA program. After completing 30 credits and passing the master's examination, they are eligible to apply for admission to the doctoral program. Spaces in the doctoral program are limited; not all students who apply are accepted into the program.

Our graduate students have been accepted into anthropology PhD programs at the following universities: Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, The CUNY Graduate Center, Duke University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, UC Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of London, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Washington in St. Louis, UC Santa Cruz, and York University.

Programme Structure

  • Epidemiology of Belief
  • Disobedience and the Politics of Truth
  • Problems in Anthropology
  • Religion and Secularism 
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Application

Complete the online application.

  • Application Fee

A nonrefundable $50 application fee paid as part of the online application.

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation 
  • Letters
  • Personal Essays, Writing Sample, and Résumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2100 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2100 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2100 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2100 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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