Feb 25, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Anthropology, M.A.

Location(s): Main Campus

Master of Arts Degree

The objective of the M.A. degree in Anthropology is to prepare students for professional employment in the private or public sectors, teaching positions in community colleges, or advanced study towards the Ph.D. degree. 

Admission to the Program

Applicants must have a baccalaureate in anthropology and a B (3.0) grade point average in anthropology courses. Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology are encouraged to submit the University and Department applications and required materials. In such instances, admission may be granted on a conditional basis. Students admitted conditionally must have a B (3.0) grade point average in their major courses and will be required to complete 6 units of Anthropology coursework, including ANTH 4970   and one additional course chosen in consultation with their academic advisor, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before beginning the Master’s program.

Applications must be submitted through Cal State Apply. Completed applications must include a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A writing sample is optional. 

Requirements for the Degree

  • A total of 38-40 units is required, with at least 22 units in 5000-level courses.
  • All students must have a reading or speaking knowledge of a relevant research language or demonstrate proficiency in linguistic analysis, statistics, or a faculty-approved skill set.
  • A faculty-approved skill set consists of one course chosen from 4000- or 5000-level courses within the university that satisfy technical, analytical, and experiential requirements specific to each student’s focus within the discipline. Students must satisfy this requirement in order to attempt the comprehensive examination or submit a thesis or project proposal.
  • Students must complete a culminating experience, either the comprehensive examination, a thesis, or a project prior to graduation.
  • Students also must fulfill all university requirements.
  • Students must pass all required seminars with a B (3.0) or better.


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Requirements for the Degree (38-40 units)

Directed Electives (25-27 units)

Anthropology Electives (9 or 12 units)

Culminating Experience (0 or 3 units)