Anthropology (MA)


Anthropology, MA

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

Study with nationally and internationally known scholar-teachers in archaeology (especially digital heritage), forensic anthropology, medical anthropology, museum studies, and human eco-dynamics.


Anthropology is in the new School of Global Integrative Studies along with Geography and Global Studies. Thus, students in our program receive rigorous training in anthropology as well as exposure to concepts, methods, and the professional networks that extend beyond anthropology. Our faculty are involved in research around the world including the Great Plains. And, students here forge close working relationships with faculty and receive quality training for careers in academia, government, the nonprofit sector, and business. Graduate students often collaborate with faculty on research and jointly publish articles in national journals and present at conferences together.

Several of our faculty are fellows in the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities and others are part of the research team at Research, Evaluation, Analysis for Community Health (REACH). We coordinate with and offer specializations in Digital Humanities, Environmental Studies, Great Plains Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. In addition, we offer a specialization in Professional Archaeology, with the goal of preparing students to immediately assume leadership positions in the heritage industry. We have close working relationships with the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, History Nebraska, and the National Park Service Midwest Archeological Center. We also offer graduate certificates in Forensic Anthropology and Museum Studies.

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Career Pathways

  • Archeological Technician, Archaeologist
  • Content and Engagement Manager
  • Museum Specialist
  • Contractor
  • Forensic Technician
  • Death Investigator
  • Doctoral candidate
  • Chief Coffee Buyer
  • Lecturer (Community College)


  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Ethnic Studies
  3. Great Plains Studies
  4. Professional Archaeology
  5. Women's & Gender Studies

Applying for Admission

Standard requirements for all graduate programs

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.

    If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Additional requirements specific to this program

  • GRE (optional)
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement: Letter of intent identifying educational and career goals.
  • Faculty: We encourage you to contact a prospective advisor with whom you would like to work.
  • Three letters of recommendation:  At least two should come from professors or instructors who can speak to your academic abilities.

Admission Application Deadlines

Apply by January 1 for priority and funding consideration. Later applications received between then and March 15 will be reviewed as space and funding permits.



Graduate Chair

Heather Richards-Rissetto

Program Director

Effie Athanassopoulos

Support Staff

Hailey McCord

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