Anthropology, M.A.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in anthropology provides rigorous training in anthropological theories, methods and skills. The program is dedicated to the investigation of a broad range of social, cultural, political-economic and biological issues, processes and problems pertaining to the human experience in its past and present dimensions.

The Department of Anthropology program uses resources in metropolitan Atlanta to promote student learning, offering a concentration in Museum Anthropology and a graduate Certificate in Ethnography.


Anthropology, M.A.

College of Arts & Sciences


In addition to intellectual maturity, students gain practical skills, including proposal writing, project development, field research, ethnographic needs-assessments, community development and program evaluation. Graduate students are trained in theories, methods, topics and skills in archaeology, biological anthropology cultural anthropology, and its applied domains. They are encouraged to write a thesis based on independent empirical research or in collaboration with faculty. Alternatively, students may complete a practicum, in a variety of contexts and human service organizations.

Students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them to pursue doctoral studies or to seek employment in the public and private sectors as professional anthropologists. For more information on student success stories and careers options, visit our Careers page.

We combine academic rigor with anthropological praxis, defined as politically responsible and ethically sound applications of empirical knowledge in professional fields that include medicine, education, environment, forensics, cultural resource management and business. Recent research by faculty in Africa, Latin America, North America and Europe enhances graduate education by providing excellent examples for graduate students of basic and applied anthropological inquiry.