M.A. in Anthropology (Cook School of Intercultural Studies)

The Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is designed for those students who desire advanced training in the study of people in culture preparatory to careers in the teaching of anthropology, serving as anthropological consultants to cross-cultural agencies or research into and the application of anthropological methods of inquiry to contemporary issues associated with globalization, development, public health or other social conditions.

The Master of Art in Anthropology has been designed as a generalized degree that requires students to be familiar with all five fields of anthropological inquiry: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, and applied anthropology. A distinctive of the Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is the manner in which a Christian perspective is integrated into every aspect of the courses offered.

Programme & Entrance Requirements

The M.A. in Anthropology is a 42-credit program. The curriculum includes 15 credits of core courses, 18 credits of electives, and 9 credits of Bible and theology courses. Students entering the program are expected to have a strong background in anthropological studies including introductory courses in each of the five fields of study. Students wishing to enter the program without these prerequisites will be required to take them as graduate students during the first year of study, thereby adding up to 15 credits of study to the program. Qualified applicants with a B.A. in anthropology consisting of 40 or more credits in anthropology may have their coursework reduced to a minimum of 32 credits.

Admission Requirements

All Master of Arts in Anthropology students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges, if accepted, will be granted provisional acceptance, if GPA is 3.4 or higher. Graduates from approved unaccredited colleges may be required to take additional liberal arts coursework (not applicable toward the graduate degree) if their undergraduate program did not include these courses.
  • Those without intercultural/ missions or Bible/theology may have additional coursework added to their program.
  • Applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree will relate to those objectives. Applicants should attach a one-page, typewritten letter to the application.
  • Three letters of references on forms supplied by the school are required.
  • Official transcripts for all previous schools attended are required.
  • Application deadlines. M.A. programs: fall is July 1, spring is December 1. Applications may be submitted after deadlines (late fee of $65) but will only be considered if space and time allow. Late applications may be postponed to later terms.

Note: Official documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student’s academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of all coursework.
  • At least 24 credits must be taken at this institution.
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of an approval of a thesis.
  • Meet with a department advisor and a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admissions, Registration & Graduation Requirements section).
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