M.A. On Campus


California State University Sacramento

12 months
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The Master of Arts program in Anthropology at California State University Sacramento is designed for students who plan to continue their graduate studies in Anthropology at the Ph.D. level as well as for students who plan to pursue any of the numerous opportunities for graduate anthropologists, such as in private research, private foundations, Foreign Service, education, and government.


The program provides general graduate-level training in four interrelated fields: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Beyond this foundation, each student designs a plan of coursework specific to their post-graduate goals in one of the four subfields. 

Key Features 

  • Students are then expected to demonstrate mastery of their subfield by preparing a thesis of original scholarly research.
  • Students at California State University Sacramento may develop their special interests through individual arrangements with their faculty advisors, or they may take advantage of opportunities for special training in such areas of Applied Anthropology as cultural resource management, museology, Anthropology in education, and medical Anthropology through participation in ongoing informal programs which may include special field work or intern placement with local agencies. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biological Anthropology Seminar
  • Archaeology
  • Ethnology
  • Language and Culture
  • General Methods in Anthropology.
  • Areal Archaeology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate coursework.
  • an online application for admission via CalState Apply;
  • one set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than Sacramento State.
  • official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) official scores. The CSUS Institution code is 4671. 
  • a completed Supplemental Application Form
  • In no more than two pages, provide a statement of interest that includes a brief autobiographical sketch, a statement of your research goals in anthropology, how and why the Anthropology program at Sacramento State can help you achieve your goals (including specific potential faculty mentors), and any other information that may help distinguish you from other applicants.
  • two signed letters of recommendation on official letterhead from individuals who can assess the applicant’s potential for graduate study

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Sacramento

1190 - 1765 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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