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The Department of Anthropology offers two distinct graduate programs. The program leading to the Master of Arts in Anthropology degree emphasizes research and requires completion of a thesis. The program leading to the Master of Applied Anthropology degree is a professional science program and requires completion of a project representing exemplary professional practice. Students in both programs complete a core of advanced courses providing thorough exposure to modern theory and methods in anthropology.


Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Anthropology
Master of Applied Anthropology

Contact Information

Dr. Mark Plew
Phone: (208) 426-3444
Hemingway Center, Room 55
1910 University Drive, Boise ID  83725-1950

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College.  International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
  3. A two-page (500 word) essay discussing your professional goals and explain why you think Boise State University’s graduate program can serve your needs, which field(s) you would like to study, and which degree program in which you wish to enroll.
  4. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.


Graduate Assistantships are awarded competitively. Assistantships include a stipend and/or a fee waiver. Funding for travel and research is also available on a competitive basis. For information about current opportunities please use this link.

Deadline: February 15

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall Semester Priority: May 1
Fall Semester Final: June 30