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 

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

UWF Archaeology Institute Graduate Collections Assistantship: The Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida offers a three-year Collections Assistantship to incoming Anthropology or Historical Archaeology graduate students. The Collections Assistant will work with existing Archaeology Institute material collections (Prehistoric, Historic, and Maritime) and archaeological project archives including paper, film, and digital materials. UWF Archaeology Institute Graduate Assistantship Information and How to Apply

Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) Graduate Assistantship in Public Archaeology: The FPAN Graduate Assistantship in Public Archaeology is offered to an incoming UWF Anthropology or Historical Archaeology graduate student. During the first two years, the student will work in the public archaeology program for the FPAN Northwest Region. During the third year the student will work directly with the FPAN Executive Director on a thesis representing a substantive contribution to the field of public archaeology or to public archaeology programming in Northwest Florida. FPAN Graduate Assistantship Information and How to Apply

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.

Recently, the Anthropology Department at the University of West Florida changed its deadline for submitting graduate applications to December 1.  In previous years, the deadline was February 15.  The earlier deadline will allow the department to process applications more quickly and, more importantly, provide students with important acceptance decisions much earlier in the spring semester. 

Student Perspective

"My time in the graduate program at UWF has provided me with the academic opportunities, resources, and skills necessary to grow as a professional within my field. The personable faculty and staff in my department have offered me the specialized attention and mentorship rarely found at large institutions. Here, I have also been encouraged and supported to pursue my own research interests. I highly recommend UWF to prospect graduate students interested in quality education." — Gregg Harding, Graduate Student, Terrestrial Anthropology

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