12 months
32500 USD/year
32500 USD/year
17776 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The  Master  of  Arts  in  Interdisciplinary  Studies  (MAIS) in Anthropology program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley enables students to obtain broad- based knowledge in three different fields at the masters level.


Concentration in anthropology provides a solid base of anthropological concepts using a holistic approach, critical thinking skills, and varied research methodologies.

To pursue an MAIS degree with a concentration in Anthropology from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, a student must take 36 masters (6000 and 7000) level courses. Eighteen of those hours must be in anthropology, including ANTH 6345 Anthropological Theory and Methodology. 

Key Features 

  • A few other graduate level options in anthropology include: Mexican American Folklore, Anthropology of Borders, Mexican American Culture, Visual Anthropology and Ethnography of the Borderlands. 
  • The remaining 18 hours must be taken in two different disciplines, 9 hours in each discipline.  The MAIS degree includes both a thesis and non-thesis option.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Anthropological Method and Theory
  • Indians of North America
  • Great Discoveries in Archaeology
  • Anthropology of Borders
  • Food and Culture
  • Medical Anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review. 


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion, a GRE general test is required for conditional admission.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Submission of a statement of purpose and goals for pursuing the degree
  • Submission of a resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of them from an academic source.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32500 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    32500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32500 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • In-State

    17776 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17776 USD for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Texas City

882 - 1634 USD /month
Living costs

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