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 MA in Anthropology at UTSA?
- The MA 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: Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
Graduate Studies Application: Yes
Department Application: No
Transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended.
Test Scores: General GRE Required
Resume or CV: No
Letters of Recommendation: 2 L/R Required. Pending UT System approval, 3 L/R will be required for applicants applying for Fall 2013 or beyond.
Statement of Purpose: Yes (500-750 word statement of purpose)
Other Degree Requirements: Pending UT System approval, 10-12 page Writing Sample from an advanced undergraduate Anthropology course or equivalent will be required for applicants applying for Fall 2013 or beyond.
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.
Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Fall- July 1(Priority Deadline- April 1)
Fall- April 1
Graduate Advisor of Record: Kathryn Jill Fleuriet, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-5721
Degree Website: http://colfa.utsa.edu/ant/masters.html
Anthropology Graduate Student Association Website: www.agsaatutsa.org
Course Scheduling and Offerings
Our graduate courses are offered mostly in the afternoon. Classes may meet once or twice weekly.
- 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.