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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology Iowa State University



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Course info



Our two-year M.A. in anthropology is aimed at providing students with advanced training in cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology with a goal of preparing them for additional graduate study or professional work in anthropology and related fields. Students are required to do original field, archival, or laboratory research that will result in a scholarly thesis. The majority of our students receive financial support through teaching assistantships.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills consistent with the focus of the graduate program.

Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of scholarly literature in the area of study.

Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research via appropriate acquisition, analysis, and reporting of data.

Articulate research objectives that, when met, will lead to significant contributions to the field of study.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

$26,352.00 (19,30,930) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

202 Catt Hall,

2224 Osborn Dr,



50011, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 79
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 53
Duo Lingo English Test: 105 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: January 15 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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