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Anthropology, M.A.

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Graduate training in the Field of Anthropology at Cornell University emphasizes sociocultural anthropology, with an additional concentration in archaeological anthropology. Biological anthropology is primarily an undergraduate program.


Substantively, the Field of Anthropology combines humanistic and social scientific approaches in innovative ethnographic research, emphasizing culture as a productive process and anthropologists as engaged in understanding and defending cultural diversity. Geographically, our greatest depth is in Asia (East, South, and Southeast), but the Americas, Europe, and Africa all also figure importantly. The Field of Anthropology has strong ties with all the geographic area programs, as well as faculty active in many other interdisciplinary programs, including joint appointments with Asian American Studies, Latina/o Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

At Cornell University, the graduate program in Anthropology is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Only four courses and a field research proposal are required; thus, the bulk of students' work in language, area studies, or other training is individually designed in consultation with the Special Committee. Individually-tailored examinations occur after approximately the first year of course work (the Qualifying Exam), the second or third year (the Admission to Candidacy, or A Exam), and after completion of the thesis (the Defense or B Exam). Most graduate students in the Field of Anthropology complete one to two years of intensive field research. All doctoral candidates are also expected to teach at some point: most students first get experience as assistants in both introductory and mid-level courses; later, many design and teach courses of their own in the Knight Writing Program. A vigorous colloquium series enriches the intellectual environment for both students and faculty.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and pursue new research opportunities within one's field
  • Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methods
  • Demonstrate advanced Anthropological research skills
  • Create new knowledge through the generation, analysis, and synthesis of primary and secondary source materials

Programme Structure

Concentrations by Subject

  • archaeological anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • socio-cultural anthropology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • statement of purpose limited to 2 pages or approximately 1,000 words
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample limited to 35 pages double-spaced (including all notes, images, bibliography)

Tuition Fee

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    29500 USD/year
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    29500 USD/year
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