Master of Arts in Anthropology
University requirements for the terminal M.A. are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.
The Department of Anthropology offers the terminal master's degree to the following:
- Graduate applicants who apply from outside the University for admission to the terminal M.A. program in Anthropology.
- Stanford graduate students, taking advanced degrees in other departments or schools at Stanford, who are admitted to the terminal M.A. program in Anthropology.
- Anthropology Ph.D. students at Stanford University who fulfill the M.A. degree requirements on the way to the Ph.D. degree.
Graduate applicants who apply from outside the University and whose ultimate goal is the Ph.D. degree should apply directly to the Ph.D. degree program. Applicants who are offered admission to the terminal M.A. degree program may not transfer to the Ph.D. degree program; they must reapply on the same basis as other Ph.D. applicants an in competition with the Ph.D. applicants.
Graduate students taking an advanced degree in other departments or schools at Stanford and who apply for admission to the M.A. in Anthropology are governed by separate requirements as described in the Department's Guide to the Ph.D. Degree Program.
Anthropology Ph.D. students who decide to take the M.A. in Anthropology on the way to the Ph.D. are also governed by separate requirements described in the Ph.D. Degree Program.
Graduate enrollment at Stanford University for three consecutive quarters of full tuition for at least 45 units is required of all candidates for the terminal master's degree. M.A. students in Anthropology must take a minimum of 45 units of Anthropology course work beyond the undergraduate degree with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher. 45 units constitute the University minimum for the M.A. degree, and courses must be at or above the 100 level.
Anthropology Ph.D. students who decide to take the M.A. in Anthropology on the way to the Ph.D. are also governed by separate requirements described in the Department's Guide to the Ph.D. Degree Program.
The M.A. program may require more than one year of study. However, full-time students entering the program with appropriate background should complete the M.A. degree program within three consecutive calendar quarters after the student's first quarter of master's-level enrollment. The University allows no transfer units into the master's program. To provide a meaningful master's program within one year, advance planning of course work with an adviser is required. Requirements for the terminal master's program must be completed within three years.
For further information about the department's master's degree program requirements, see http://anthropology.stanford.edu.
ADMISSION TO THE MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAM
The deadline for graduate applications to the M.A. degree program in Anthropology is December 13, 2011. Successful applicants to the M.A. program may enter only in the following Autumn Quarter. Master's degree applicants must file a report of their Graduate Record Examination score electronically. Prospective applicants should see http://anthropology.stanford.edu for further information about the application process and the department's requirements to the terminal master's program.
No financial support is available to students enrolled for the M.A. degree.
Degree OptionsStudents may pursue one of three possible department tracks in the Anthropology M.A. degree program. The tracks are
- Culture and Society
- Ecology and Environment
The tracks are not declarable in Axess.
Requirements for the coterminal and terminal master's degree program include the following:
- A faculty adviser appointed in the Department of Anthropology.
- A program of 45 units, taken at the 100 level or higher with a minimum grade of 'B'. Note: At least 23 of the 45 units must be taken at the 200/300 level.
- of the 45 units, no more than 15 units may be approved from related areas of study or overseas studies.
- of the 45 units, no more than 10 units of directed reading-style course work may be counted towards the degree.
- of the 45 units, no more than 5 units may be taken for a satisfactory/no credit grade.
- A minimum grade of 'B' in an ANTHRO theory course from the chosen track.
- A minimum grade of 'B' in an ANTHRO methods course from the chosen track.
- A minimum grade of 'B' in four ANTHRO review courses from the chosen track that are listed at the 200 level or higher and taught by Anthropology faculty, and taken as a five unit course.
- A self-designed course of study chosen from the Anthropology tracks listed below:
- Culture and Society
- Ecology and Environment
- Submission of a Graduate Research Paper Proposal approved by the faculty adviser by the end of the first quarter of the master's degree program.
- Submission of a Master's Degree Program Proposal form approved by the faculty adviser by the end of the first quarter of the master's degree program.
- Presentation of the master's research project at the department's master's (honors) presentation event in Spring Quarter - optional.
- Submission of the master's paper reviewed by two faculty members (Advisor and Reader). For the Culture and Society track the thesis can be a field research or library-based research paper. For the Archaeology and the Ecology and Environment tracks, the thesis can also be a laboratory research paper.
- Archaeology TrackFour departmental review courses which must include ANTHRO 303, Introduction to Archaeology Theory, and one additional theory course. Students must also take ANTHRO 307, Archaeology Methods and Research Design (or comparable, approved 200 level course).
- Culture and Society TrackFour departmental review courses which must include ANTHRO 301, History of Anthropological Theory, Culture and Society and ANTHRO 300, Reading Theory through Ethnography. Students must also take ANTHRO 306, Anthropological Research Methods.
- Ecology and Environment TrackFour departmental review courses which must include ANTHRO 302, History of Anthropological Theory Ecology and Environment (or comparable, approved 200 level course), plus ANTHRO 305, Research Methods in Ecological Anthropology (or comparable, approved 200 level course).
Recommended CoursesFor all tracks, attendance at the departmental colloquium each quarter is recommended for all master's students. Students can enroll in ANTHRO 444, Anthropology Colloquium. For the Ecology and Environment track, students may also take ANTHRO 312G, Problems in Ecology, Evolution and Environment, for one quarter, in place of attendance at one quarter of the departmental colloquium.