The Department of Anthropology offers a Masters of Arts degree under the close direction of 14 Anthropology and Archaeology faculty with specializations in Archaeology (terrestrial and maritime), Cultural Anthropology, and Biological Anthropology.
There are two specializations in the Anthropology Master of Arts program:
The graduate specialization in Anthropology focuses on providing students with more general graduate-level coursework in all three anthropological subfields offered at UWF, including a minimum of two courses each in biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. In addition, research design and a proseminar are required, along with three unspecified electives and a 3-hour minimum of enrolled thesis research. This track is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers or further graduate studies in any of the three subfields, including archaeology students who seek more general anthropological coursework than is available in the Historical Archaeology specialization.
The graduate specialization in Historical Archaeology focuses on providing students with more specialized graduate-level coursework in both archaeology and history (a minimum of three courses each), including a required graduate-level archaeological field school. In addition, courses in cultural resource management and historical research methods in archaeology are required, along with three unspecified electives and a 3-hour minimum of enrolled thesis research. This track is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers or further graduate studies specifically in historical archaeology or CRM archaeology.
The Masters degree is the degree of choice for professionals in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology, as it is the requirement for professional positions in government and private firms. The primary objectives of our Masters program are to prepare graduates to begin successful working careers and to enter doctoral programs.
We have 80+ active graduate students and we are growing. Student-centered research is our specialty and we have continuous opportunities in the Anthropology Department and Archaeology Institute. 90% of our Masters graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctorate programs.
The deadline to apply is February 15th. Faculty meet monthly to review completed applications. To be considered for financial support, all application material must be received by February 15th. The Department makes its financial awards in February and March, and University support (such as work-study) is usually committed by March. We recommend that applicants check frequently on the completeness of their application package. Applications received after February 15th may be considered if Fall enrollment space permits.
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 following criteria are
used to assess the potential success of each applicant:
For current degree requirements please see the UWF Catalog.
Admission to graduate study involves acceptance by the University as well as the department or college in which the applicant expects to study. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the department or college. While there are minimum University admission requirements, the Anthropology Department sets specific admission procedures and standards. Links below will direct you to information for both.
Required documents, deadlines and admission policies for graduate programs may be found on this general graduate admissions page. This also includes conditional admission information.
In addition to general University requirements, students seeking the M.A. in Anthropology must meet the requirements listed in the catalog. These requirements can include such items such as recommendation letters, writing samples, and GRE scores.
Students who would like to be considered for the 3-year full-ride assistantship in Public Archaeology must also submit a statement of interest. Award of this assistantship may occur as early as February.
Finally, you can follow the graduate admission application procedures to apply for the program online.