Anthropology, M.A.

The anthropology department’s approach combines a strong anthropological perspective, an active faculty, a vigorous research and contract program, flexibility, and many opportunities to obtain hands-on experience. The department has one of the largest and most active terrestrial and maritime archaeology programs and facilities in the Southeast. There are continuous student-focused research and contracts in prehistoric, historic, coastal, and interior archaeological sites that include graduate students at all levels of responsibility.


Historical Archaeology

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE test score 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Undergraduate degree major 
• Submission of a formal letter of intent describing background, study interests, and professional goals 
• Submission of a writing sample (term paper, conference paper, published paper, etc.) 
• Submission of three letters of academic reference 


Department Contact

Dr. John Bratten
Chair, Department of Anthropology 

Phone: (850) 474-2706

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

*The anthropology department only accepts applications for the Fall semester.
NEW DEADLINE: December 1. 

Faculty Perspective

"The Anthropology master’s program at UWF offers graduate students a broad background in archaeological, biological and cultural anthropology, as well as the opportunity to conduct original research in one of these three specializations. In biological anthropology, graduate students acquire the skills to analyze human skeletal remains from both archaeological and forensic contexts, and also acquire expertise in field recovery of human remains. Interested students have opportunities to assist faculty with forensic casework, both in the field and in the lab, and to participate in faculty research on archaeological skeletal collections. Most biological graduate students gain teaching experience as graduate assistants in large survey courses, or as instructors of record in one of our undergraduate lab classes." — Dr. Joanne Curtin, Associate Professor