24 months
24738 USD/year
24738 USD/year
11870 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a program leading to degrees in Anthropology at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Admissions preference is given to MA-seeking students who intend to pursue an MA-PhD sequence, rather than a terminal MA. 


At the Master in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago interdepartmental Concentrations available to students in this program include Black Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Museum and Exhibition Studies. The department has research laboratories supporting studies in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, and biological anthropology.

One of the unique strengths of the department is its collaborative PhD program with the Field Museum. Under this program, curators in the Department of Anthropology at the Field Museum support, mentor, and help train graduate students. For example, Field Museum curators frequently serve as chairs or members of PhD committees and they commonly include UIC graduate students in their research projects. Graduate students also have access to many of the laboratories, collections, and other facilities of the Field Museum. While the collaborative UIC-Field Museum program can enhance the training opportunities of sociocultural and biological anthropology students, it is most widely used by archaeology students. The collaborative UIC-Field Museum program establishes a large concentration of anthropological archaeologists and members of these two departments conduct field research across the world. Students who are interested in making use of the UIC-Field Museum connection do not need to submit any additional information over what is requested for general admissions to the Anthropology graduate program.

The Department of Anthropology and the School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Public Health. The joint degree program is designed to offer combined training in Anthropology and Public Health to graduate students intending to advance to the UIC doctoral program in Anthropology or Public Health. Students in the joint program may complete the Master of Public Health in either Community Health Sciences or Epidemiology. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social and Cultural Theory
  • Theory and Method in Archaeology 
  • Hominid, Phylogeny and Adaptations
  • Graduate Seminar in Anthropology
  • Seminar in Archaeology and Ethnography
  • Andean Prehistory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic accomplishments and potential.
  • Personal Statement Required. A personal statement of academic and professional intent and research interests.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    24738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5935 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 USD /month
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