Graduate Program Information

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Admission and Progression Requirements, and all Program Requirements can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Please see the information below:


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M.A. Program

anthro1The M.A. in Anthropology is designed to meet the needs of two groups of students. The General Anthropology track is recommended for those preparing for doctoral education or for teaching at the community college level. The Applied Anthropology track is recommended for students seeking expanded skills for employment in our increasingly inter-cultural and international world. Coursework in the M.A. program will build skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation and the application of anthropological perspectives to both theoretical and practical community problems. Internships are available for interested students. 

The program requires 33 credit hours, including 15 hours of core courses. Students will conclude the program with either a research thesis or applied practicum and project report, and an oral defense.

Interested in learning more about getting into an Anthropology Masters program? Here is a video from an Info Session (click here) we held this past spring.


If you are ready to apply: 

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In addition, please complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA).  This form is required for most financial aid and tuition support from UNC Charlotte. We recommend that all applicants complete the FAFSA, even if you do not expect to receive financial aid.  This is a prerequisite for almost all fellowships and awards to graduate students, and it is a good idea to have one on file. The FAFSA form should be updated and resubmitted every year, usually by a March 1 deadline.  Click here for the form.

Course Requirements

  • ANTH 6601, History of Anthropology (fall)
  • ANTH 6602, Seminar in Interdisciplinary Anthropology (spring)
  • One methods course:
    • ANTH 5122 Ethnographic methods (fall)
    • ANTH 5453 Field project in archaeology (usually summer)
    • ANTH 5140  Methods in biological anthropology (usually summer)
    • or other approved course
  • Two courses that focus on the subfields of anthropology (any two of ANTH 6603, 6604, 6605, or 6606; or approved substitute)
  • Four electives (this may include courses in other departments)
  • ANTH 6611 and 6 hours of practicum (required for Applied track)
  • 6 hours of thesis tutorial and writing (required for General track)

A GPA of 3.0 or better is required in all courses (with no more than one C grade) for successful completion of the program. Students may transfer in up to 6 credit hours, with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. 

M.A. Students in Anthropology may earn elective credit in other programs at UNC Charlotte. Programs with relevant courses include the graduate programs in Africana Studies, Biology, Geography, Gerontology, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Public History, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and others.

The university offers severa graduate certificate programs (12-15 credits) in fields that complement anthropology.  These can be taken at the same time as your M.A. degree; in some cases, a single course may be counted for both programs.  You may want to consider the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; the Certificate in Africana Studies, the Certificate in Gerontology, or the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Admission Requirements

anthro2Applications for the M.A. in Anthropology must be submitted online through Apply Now! on the Graduate School web site. You can consult the Admissions page from the Graduate School.

The Department of Anthropology only accepts graduate students for Fall admission.  To be considered for a teaching or research assistantship, please be sure your application is complete by March 1.  However, we will consider applications submitted up to May 1, but funding opportunities may be limited or unavailable.

Required for application:

  • The online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can comment on a candidate’s academic and professional promise, at least two from academic referees.
  • A statement of purpose that discusses the applicant’s specific interests in anthropology and professional goals.
  • GRE scores.
    • Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required
  • An application fee.
  • International applicants should consult the special information provided on the website of the Graduate School. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through an acceptable score on the TOEFL or comparable exam.

The Department of Anthropology prefers that applicants have an accredited undergraduate degree or at least a minor in anthropology or closely related program; students who were not undergraduate majors in anthropology should have completed several anthropology courses.  Interested students with limited or no background in anthropology should consider applying as a post-baccalaureate student, and gaining some background credits in anthropology before applying to the M.A. program.


Financial Aid

picture of Carnival parade in TrinidadA limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Interested applicants should consult information from the Graduate School on employment and assistantships.  You should discuss your goals with the Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept. of Anthropology.

To be considered for assistantships, please submit your application by March 1. 

All applicants should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This allows you to be eligible for tuition support from UNC Charlotte.  Click here to access the form.

For specific questions, you may contact