Master of Arts in Anthropology

The graduate training program in Anthropology at Texas A&M University is structured around the holistic study of the human condition. Students receive comprehensive training within a variety of theoretical and methodological frameworks, integrating a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to produce culturally informed and socially engaged graduates. Our program facilitates discovery and innovation by exposing students to ground-breaking, original research being conducted by world leading faculty experts. This research is conducted both in the field at numerous archaeological, paleoanthropological, primatological, and cultural anthropological sites around the world, both on land and at sea; and in the lab in some of the most cutting edge ancient DNA, stable light isotope, and nautical and terrestrial archaeology labs in the country. 

The MA program in Anthropology is restricted to students who are currently enrolled in the PhD program in Anthropology and looking to earn their MA en route. It is not open to outside applicants who do not seek to obtain a PhD.

Students currently enrolled in the PhD program might wish to obtain their MA en route since the MA typically serves as a minimum requirement to hold teaching positions at community colleges, and is needed to join the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA).

The Department offers two MA degrees: the MA thesis option and the MA non-thesis option. The non-thesis option is available only to students in the Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, or terrestrial Archaeology Programs. The thesis option is a necessary requirement to join the RPA.

Work leading to the MA in Anthropology is designed to give prospective candidates a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of their professional field and training in their methods of research. Students can specialize in one or more of the following areas: (1) Biological Anthropology; (2) Cultural Anthropology; (3) Nautical Archaeology; and (4) Archaeology.