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Anthropology, M.A.

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The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about global human diversity and distinctiveness from the distant past to the present. Anthropology applies practical tools and theoretical concepts to understanding many aspects of the human condition. 


Our mission is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times. The Department of Anthropology offers graduate students the Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees with specialization in applied anthropology, archaeological science, ecological anthropology, forensics, language preservation, medical anthropology, and oral history.

Students who have completed a graduate degree in Anthropology at Idaho State University should be able to:

1. Read and understand anthropological theories and methods at a professional level.

2. Understand current debates within the field and critically evaluate the professional literature.

3. Use a comparative approach to theorize about the similarities and differences in the human condition across space and through time.

4. Design and carry out research and application of methods and theories at a professional level.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History and Theory of Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Ecological Anthropology
  • Method and Theory in Archaeology
  • Material Culture Analysis
  • Analytical Techniques Laboratory
  • American Indian Health Issues
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • Special Topics in Medical Anthropology
  • Clinical Medical Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Resources Management
  • Old World Archaeology
  • New World Archaeology
  • Ethnomedicine of Latin America
  • Human Origins and Diversity
  • Human Osteology
  • Survey of Living Primates
  • Survey of Fossil Primates

Detailed Programme Facts

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

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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General Requirements

1. A letter of application, including areas of interest and professional goals;

2. Three letters of recommendation;

3. Undergraduate transcripts and transcripts of any previous post-graduate coursework;

4. Minimum grade point average of 3.0;

5. Total GRE scores that average at least the 50th percentile for admission;

6. An undergraduate degree in anthropology is not required for acceptance into the program;

Tuition Fee

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    23704 USD/year
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    8928 USD/year
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Living costs for Idaho Falls

  • 680 - 970 USD/month
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