Why study Anthropology?

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. 

Admission Requirements

To see Admission requirements, visit Graduate Program Admissions & Application webpage.

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.

Dr. Daniel Murphy, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210380
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0380
(513) 556-3415

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all international applicants whose primary language is not English. (The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is strongly recommended.) The TOEFL test should be taken in the student's own country before admission is granted. This requirement may be waived for a student who has completed an academic program of two or more years at an accredited American college or university. The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in Anthropology is 600 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 68 (internet-based test).
  • Additional information is required by the Advanced Studies/International Student Services Office after your admission to our program. An International Student Information Brochure and Financial Certification Form will be sent to you following your admission. The Financial Certification Form must be completed and returned to the Advanced Studies/International Student Services Office before a certificate of eligibility for a student visa will be issued.

Application Deadlines

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.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Angela Ianniello, Program Manager
Braunstein 481
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2772

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Program Code: 15MAS-ANTH-MA