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Graduate Program

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Our educational outcomes are to produce graduates able to demonstrate:

  • Demonstrate graduate-level knowledge of core concepts and research methods in the selected applied program concentration. 
  • Articulate key ethical considerations and responsibilities in applied anthropological research.
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and present applied anthropological research within the conventions of the selected program concentration and acceptable to the faculty of the anthropology department.


MA students typically take courses during their first and second years. The program includes taking core courses in theory, methods, and ethics for the chosen concentration as well as specialized electives selected with a faculty graduate advisor, completing a research proposal for thesis work, and then conducting thesis research and writing. Most MA students conduct their research in Alaska, and MA topics have included investigations of archaeological components of culture camps, Holocene adaptations, ethnohistoric and historical archaeological studies, examinations of present day subsistence practices, and community-based medical anthropological studies. Many graduate students find employment during the course of their degree with federal and state agencies either independently or through work-study programs. The department also offers limited funding opportunities through teaching assistantships each semester.