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Do you have a passion for learning about other cultures? Consider a Master of Arts in Anthropology from UWF and apply your knowledge to help understand and solve society's problems. We offer M.A. degrees in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology.

Why Study Anthropology at UWF?

We have one of the largest and most active terrestrial and maritime archaeology programs and facilities in the Southeast.

We specialize in student-centered research and have continuous opportunities for your professional development in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Institute.

We emphasize multidisciplinary and collaborative study and research. We provide many supervisory field method courses and specialized internship opportunities.

Our faculty includes two terrestrial archaeologists (prehistoric and historic), two maritime archaeologists, two biological anthropologists (forensic and bio-archaeology) and one medical anthropologist. In addition to faculty in the Department of Anthropology, students in our master's degree programs benefit from additional archaeology faculty members housed within the Archaeology Institute and Florida Public Archaeology Network Northwest Regional Center.

We offer research assistantships in terrestrial and maritime archaeology.

What You Will Learn

The anthropology master's degree program prepares you for a variety of professional positions and entrance into doctoral programs. Our approach combines a strong anthropological perspective, an active faculty, a vigorous research and contract program, flexibility and many opportunities to obtain hands-on experience.

Current student-focused research topics include prehistoric and Colonial historical archaeology, cultural and biological archaeology, industrial archaeology and maritime field excavations and research. Graduate students are involved at at all levels of responsibility.

We offer two specializations: anthropology and historical archaeology. Students with an interest in maritime archaeology choose between these tracks, depending on their research interests.

This program requires a thesis.


You will study all three anthropological subfields offered at UWF, including a minimum of two courses each in biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and archaeology. The anthropology track is appropriate if you plan to pursue a career or further graduate studies in archaeology, biological anthropology or cultural anthropology, or you are looking for more general anthropological coursework than is available in the historical archaeology specialization.

The historical archaeology specialization is designed for students with a strong interest in the archaeology of the post-Columbus period and the combined use of documents and archaeology. You will take courses in cultural resource management and historical research methods in archaeology, along with three electives and thesis research.


Careers & Outcomes

Ninety percent of our graduates are employed in their field or are accepted into doctorate programs. The American Anthropological Association predicts that with the discipline's focus on internationalism, information and research, the demand for trained anthropologists, both inside and outside of academia, will increase steadily. Below are common job titles for graduates, as well as examples of where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Researcher
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Museum Curator
  • Teacher
  • Archivist
  • Archaeologist
  • Public Health Advisor


  • National Park Service
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Cultural Resource Management Firms
  • State Archaeologists Offices
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • National Forest Service

My favorite moments are when we find an exposed structure and I think, ‘Wow, I’m the first person to see or touch this [ship] in 450 years.’ It gives me chills every time.

Meghan Mumford
M.A. '19, focus in maritime archaeology

Program Details

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, 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:

  • Undergraduate institutional 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

Admission exceptions can be made for promising students with prior degrees in different fields.

For your capstone, you will write a thesis paper. You will prepare a formal Thesis Proposal for your committee's approval. Theses must be approved by the Thesis Committee and successfully defended by the candidate in an open defense.

Examples of recent thesis topics include:

  • Facilitating Trade on the Florida Frontier
  • Gravestones, Religion, and Status in a Mobile, Alabama Graveyard
  • Understanding Migration Using Skeletons and Historical Records
  • Formation Processes of Ship Sites in the Blackwater River
  • Cultural Change in the Upper Chipola River Basin

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Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Anthropology program.

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