What will I learn?

The University of Cincinnati offers a comprehensive Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, which includes preparation in archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. The Department of Anthropology has a strong tradition of graduate training at the Master's level with diverse opportunities for graduate student involvement in research in and near Cincinnati and abroad.

The MA is a professional program that provides graduate training in the concepts, research skills, and knowledge base of anthropology. An MA degree provides preparation for application to a PhD program in Anthropology (not offered at UC). The PhD is required for a career in academic research and four-year college teaching, and for many nonacademic positions at the professional level. The MA degree in anthropology may also be appropriate preparation for further study in such fields as law, medicine, or business, where the student expects to work in a multicultural or international environment.


Students who have completed their education at the MA level have found employment in cultural resource management (archaeology), museums, education, and related public service fields.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$28,972.00 per year

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

Application deadline

1 April 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 22 August 2022, 9 January 2023


UC Uptown West Campus

2600 Clifton Avenue,



45221, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency. At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If the applicant has a lower GPA, they must either give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School or complete 12 credit hours of specified IT bridge courses with a 3.0 GPA prior to admission into the program.

For international students

For our graduate programs, we welcome applications from students who hold a baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency, and have at least a B average in undergraduate course work (or otherwise give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School).

Standardized Tests of English Proficiency

Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is: 520 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 80 (internet-based test).

The deadline for applications is January 15th if students would like to be considered for departmental funding opportunities, such as graduate assistantships. Otherwise, the deadline for applications in April 1st. Note that all supporting documentation should arrive at the department prior to the application deadline.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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