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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.

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.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Admission Prerequisites:

  • Required Degree: A B.A. degree in anthropology or related area.
  • Other Degree Requirements: 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.

Application Requirements:

  • General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • Application: A complete Graduate School application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation. 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 (approximately two to three double-spaced pages). This statement should include information on:
    • Undergraduate coursework and other relevant experiences (how did these prepare you for graduate work in anthropology),
    • Area of subdisciplinary and regional specialization, as well as particular research interests,
    • How your academic interests match with faculty, departmental and university resources,
    • At least two faculty members who would be suitable advisors; and
    • How a graduate degree in anthropology will further your career goals.
  • Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years.
  • Other: A writing sample, preferably a 10-25 page term or research paper.
  • Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
    • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
    • The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
    International Applicants:
    • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
    • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
    Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.

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.


Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Mary Kathryn Brown, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-6761

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Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

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