Brandeis University

12 months
3535 USD/credit
3535 USD/credit
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Our Department of Anthropology offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology at Brandeis University, as well as a unique Joint M.A. degree in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Our department’s small size combines the best of both worlds: the intimacy of a small liberal-arts college department and the intellectual strength of a major research institution.


Graduate training is based on core courses in the history, theories, and methods of anthropology and opportunities to pursue a wide range of theoretical, ethnographic and archaeological interests. Training for independent research is stressed, with particular emphasis on theoretical issues and fieldwork. Our specializations include archaeology and sociocultural anthropology.

Learning outcomes

The Anthropology department's dynamic faculty at Brandeis University are leaders in their fields, with sociocultural interests that include economic anthropology and development, gender and sexuality, medical anthropology, linguistic and semiotic anthropology, global and transnational processes, urban anthropology, psychological anthropology, religion and ritual, colonialism and postcoloniality, political ecology, citizenship and the state, anthropology of finance, personhood and experience, and inequalities and social justice. 

Archaeological interests include Mesoamerican civilizations (with a particular focus on the Mayan and Zapotec cultures), power and inequality, borderlands and landscape, meaning and material culture, writing systems, bioarchaeology, human osteology, geographic information systems (GIS), and the modern contexts of archaeological research. Geographic strengths include Latin America, North America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia and Oceania.

Programme Structure

  • In addition to the core course, Contemporary Anthropological Theory, you will take seven electives, which you will choose with your faculty adviser. 
  • You will also participate in the year-long departmental graduate proseminar and write a 25-to-40-page master's thesis.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An online application

  • An application fee

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Letters of recommendation, submitted electronically; MA applications require 2 letters of recommendation; PhD applications require 3 letters of recommendation.

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3535 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3535 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    3535 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3535 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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