The Department of Anthropology at Texas State offers a comprehensive curriculum, national and international fieldwork opportunities, dedicated archaeological and forensic research centers/laboratories, and community-based cultural anthropology research projects. These experiences provide students with the solid foundation they need to become professional anthropologists in both the academic and non-academic job markets.
|Degree||Concentration||Hours||Thesis Option||Minor Option|
|M.A.||Biological Anthropology*||36||Thesis||No minor|
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|Fall||January 15||January 15|
|Spring||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer I||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer II||No Admission||No Admission|
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
Transcripts & GPA
- baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
- a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
- minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
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- statement of purpose detailing your academic interests in one of the concentrations and identifying possible areas of anthropological research. If applicable, include any crossover areas of research from the other anthropological concentrations.
- three letters of recommendation
Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.
- official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
- official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
- minimum individual module scores of 6.0
This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.
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Areas of Research
Archaeology: hunter-gatherers, complex societies, iconography, ceramic and lithic analysis, Native American ethnohistory, paleoenvironment, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and cultural resource management.
Biological anthropology: modern human skeletal variation, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, primate behavioral ecology and conservation, primate behavioral development, and primate and human cognition.
Cultural anthropology: medical anthropology, disasters and disaster resilience, anthropological theory, political economy, globalization, race and gender, Latino culture, linguistics, phonetics, sociolinguistics.