Master's Degree

Anthropology (M.A.)

Degree Description

Anthropology is dedicated to the exploration of human diversity. As a social and biological science, the discipline embraces a broad view of humanity according to the methods and topics of its four subfields: cultural anthropology (the study of people as social and cultural beings, whether in small-scale societies or complex global organizations); linguistic anthropology (the study of language-use and linguistic diversity in social life); archaeology (the study of social and cultural life through material remains, from a long-term historical perspective); and biological anthropology (the study of human and non-human primate evolution, the biology and diversity of living human populations, and the behavior and ecology of non-human primates). In addition to conducting academic research, anthropologists apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems in such fields as education, healthcare, forensics, cultural resource management, economic development, marketing, and environmental conservation.

The Master of Arts program in Anthropology is dedicated to the training of graduate students in both method and theory. Students design their programs of study in conjunction with faculty in the subdisciplines of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Why Pursue an M.A. in Anthropology at UTSA?

  • The M.A. program in Anthropology provides opportunities for training in theoretical and practical aspects of Anthropology, useful for work in museum careers, government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions.
  • Our graduate program provides coursework in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology.
  • The Graduate Faculty in Anthropology are active in research at both regional and international levels with emphases in political and cultural ecology, landscape perspectives, medical anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, environmental politics, and conservation policy and practice.

Requirements and Specific Deadlines

Admission requirements and pre-requisites: In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, applicants should also have a 3.3 grade point average in the last 60 hours of coursework and have successfully taken 12–18 hours of coursework in anthropology. This coursework should include courses across the subdisciplines of anthropology.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes

Department Application:  No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores:  General GRE Required

Resume or CV:  No

Letters of Recommendation:  3 Letters of Recommendation are required. At least two of the three required recommendation letters will preferably be from faculty who have worked closely with the applicant in either the classroom, laboratory, or other research site.

Statement of Purpose: A 500-750 word statement of purpose is required. Applicants should detail their intentions for entering the M.A. program in Anthropology.

Other Degree Requirements: A 10-25 page term or research paper writing sample is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (For International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Degree Requirements: The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 33 (with thesis). For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

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Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Fall- March 1

International Applicants:
Fall- March 1

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jerry K. Jacka, Ph.D.
Email:  Jerry.Jacka@utsa.edu
Telephone: (210) 458-4075

Degree Catalog: http://www.utsa.edu/gcat/chapter6/COLFA/antdept.html#maant

Degree Website:  http://colfa.utsa.edu/ant/masters.html

Anthropology Graduate Student Association Website: www.agsaatutsa.org

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Our graduate courses are offered mostly in the afternoon. Classes may meet once or twice weekly.

Research Opportunities

  • Faculty research specializations include archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America; archaeology of Texas and the Greater Southwest; primate behavioral and conservation ecology in Southeast Asia and Africa; conservation and mining practices in the South Pacific; indigenous and environmental politics in lowland and Andean South America; the cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains; and medical anthropology of the U.S.-Mexico border region.

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