M.A. On Campus


George Mason University

12 months
1612 USD/credit
1612 USD/credit
724 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master’s in Anthropology from George Mason University has special strengths in sociocultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Students in the program benefit from the proximity George Mason Univeristy has to the academic and cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area. 


You will work with faculty in an R1 university who are committed to individual student mentorship. Areas of faculty expertise include bioethics and climate change; militarization and biotechnology; political economy and markets; food and culture; health and culture; urbanism; transnationalism; bioarchaeology; zooarchaeology; and paleopathology. Faculty have won the Wenner-Gren and Fulbright fellowships and are the recipients of National Science Foundation grants.

You will learn the history of critical inquiry in the discipline of Anthropology and how to approach and develop your own topic of research; you are trained in fieldwork and ethnographic methods appropriate for your plans and goals; and are guided through the research and writing process central to completion of a thesis or project. In the process, you will also learn about the ethics of conducting research.

George Mason Univeristy Graduates of the Anthropology MA program are prepared to address theoretical and applied questions in health, human rights, education, public policy, conflict analysis, urban studies, and many other areas of national and international importance. 

Coursework in related fields such as sociology, cultural studies, women and gender studies, and history, for instance, may also be used to enhance a student’s program of study. Some students also take courses in Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Career options:

The program prepares students for careers in government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, museums, and numerous other fields, or to pursue a doctorate in the field. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar

Methods in Anthropology

Thesis or Project Proposal

Master's Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    724 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 724 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

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


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