M.A. On Campus


California State University Fullerton

12 months
15457 USD/year
10764 USD/year
10764 USD/year
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The Anthropology program at California State University Fullerton offers advanced study of general anthropology, while simultaneously encouraging specialization in one (or more) of the anthropological subdisciplines: archaeology; cultural anthropology; anthropological linguistics; and evolutionary anthropology.


Students may pursue three different specializations in the Anthropology M.A. degree program: Archaeology; Cultural Anthropology; and Evolutionary Anthropology (though these specializations do not appear on the transcript or the diploma). The program provides excellent preparation for Ph.D. work by offering advanced statistical and methodological courses and research experience. 

The graduate education also prepares students for a variety of careers outside of academia, including in corporations, all levels of government and non-profit organizations. Students who are committed to the field of Anthropology, but are undecided on a specialty, have an opportunity to explore options.


Learning is preeminent at California State University Fullerton. We aspire to combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowledge.

We are a comprehensive, regional university with a global outlook, located in Orange County, a technologically rich and culturally vibrant area of metropolitan Los Angeles. Our expertise and diversity serve as a distinctive resource and catalyst for partnerships with public and private organizations. We strive to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our region.


  • To ensure the preeminence of learning
  • To provide high-quality programs that meet the evolving needs of our students, community and region
  • To enhance scholarly and creative activity
  • To make collaboration integral to our activities
  • To create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed
  • To increase external support for university programs and priorities
  • To expand connections and partnerships with our region
  • To strengthen institutional effectiveness, collegial governance and our sense of community

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Seminar: Selected Topics in Anthropology 
  • Grammatical Analysis 
  • Research Design in Anthropology 
  • Theory and Method in Evolutionary Anthropology 
  • Theory and Method in Archaeology
  • Theory and Method in Cultural/Linguistic Anthropology 
  • Project 
  • Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

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Other requirements

General requirements

Students must meet the CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. In addition, admission to conditionally classified standing is contingent upon evaluation and acceptance by the Graduate Affairs Committee. 

The Department of Anthropology requires a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 in all undergraduate coursework in anthropology. Students with limited subject or grade deficiencies may be considered for admission to the program if they agree to complete, with at least a “B” (3.0) average, additional courses selected by the Graduate Study Committee. Subject deficiencies must be met prior to candidacy. In addition, they are required to take the graduate record exam (GRE) during the year prior to applying to the program. Students entering the MA program from other fields or other departments of anthropology should discuss appropriate course substitution with the graduate adviser. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15457 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 15457 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10764 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10764 USD per year during 12 months.

Non-Resident Tuition Fee: An additional $396 per unit of enrollment

Living costs for Fullerton

1100 - 1600 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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