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Why Pursue an MA in Anthropology?

Anthropology is dedicated to the exploration of human diversity. The discipline embraces a broad view of humanity through a social and biological lens, according to four subfields: cultural anthropology (the study of people as social and cultural beings); linguistic anthropology (the study of language-use and linguistic diversity in social life); archaeology (the study of social and cultural life through material remains from a historical perspective); and biological anthropology (the study of human and non-human primates). In addition to conducting academic research, anthropologists apply knowledge to solve real-world problems in fields like education, healthcare, forensics, environmental conservation, and more.

Research Opportunities & Faculty Specializations

Our graduate faculty in Anthropology are active in research at both regional and international levels with emphases in political and cultural ecology, landscape perspectives, medical anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, environmental politics, and conservation policy and practice.

  • Archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America
  • Archaeology of Texas and the Greater Southwest
  • Primate behavioral and conservation ecology in Southeast Asia and Africa
  • Conservation and mining practices in the South Pacific
  • Indigenous and environmental politics in lowland and Andean South America
  • Cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains
  • Medical anthropology of the U.S.-Mexico border region

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Anthropology (MA)
Admission is only available for the Fall semester
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  GRE Required scores not older than five years
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required 750-900 words describing research interest and why you're applying
  Letters of Recommendation 3 letters demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
Apply for Spring/Summer 2023 Apply for Fall 2023 or Spring/Summer 2024

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Anthropology (MA)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International March 15 Not Available Not Available
Domestic March 15 Not Available Not Available

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Kathryn Brown

Graduate Advisor of Record

Kathryn Brown, PhD

210-458-5872

kathryn.brown@utsa.edu