Applied Anthropology, Master of Science (M.S.)

Students who complete the Master of Science program in Applied Anthropology at Minnesota State University, Mankato are competitive either for the applied professional career market or for admission to nationally recognized doctoral degree programs. Graduate work at Minnesota State Mankato offers students a generalist, holistic foundation in the discipline and one of the four subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Program Highlights

  • The program includes a series of core seminars in anthropological theory, research methods, and applied anthropology.
  • A key component of each applied specialization is a semester long field intensive internship.
  • The Department of Anthropology has field schools for three areas: Archeology, Forensics, and Cultural Anthropology. The archeology field school takes place in summer in the Red Wing, Minnesota area.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • A personal statement that describes your previous training in anthropology, the direction and areas of interest you wish to pursue in graduate work, and your educational objectives
  • A writing sample of 10-15 pages (not including references)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Based Applicants International Applicants
Fall Start Rolling May 1
Spring Start Rolling September 1
Summer Start Rolling N/A

Time to Completion: 3 years

Graduate Coordinator Contact

Dr. Kathryn Elliott

APPLIED Anthropology website