Master's Program

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno offers the Masters of Arts program.  The department has an in-house research museum with rotating exhibits, a physical anthropology lab, an ethnography lab, a prehistoric archaeology lab, and an historical archaeology lab.

There are thirteen full-time faculty members in the Department of Anthropology, and a number of adjunct and cooperating faculty in other university departments or institutions.

Students pursuing the Master of Arts degree must satisfy all graduate school requirements. The completion of 31 credits is required, 18 of which must be at the 700-course level. One credit of comprehensive examination is required, but does not count towards the number of 700 level credits needed.

A thesis is required. Optional tracks for the thesis include prehistoric/historic archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, or physical/biological anthropology.

The department administers the Historic Preservation Program and participates in the Master of Science degree in land use planning policy, described in the Interdisciplinary and Special Programs section of the University General Course Catalog.

Master's students are admitted to the program only in the fall semester.

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Application Deadlines

January 15

Domestic Applicants

University Admission Application, Official Transcripts, and GRE scores should be received electronically by Graduate School, so that they reach the department office by January 15. Please do not mail or email documents directly to the department. See MA Checklist for a list of all required documents.

Foreign Applicants

Admission Application, Official Transcripts, and General GRE/TOEFL Scores must be received by the Office of International Outreach and Application Services. Contact the Graduate School for more information on international admissions requirements.

April 1

Applicants receive notification of acceptance or rejection.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno will not assume responsibility for the late arrival of official transcripts and test scores to the Graduate School or the Office of International Outreach and Application Services, regardless of whether or not the applicant can provide official receipts proving the documents were ordered in a timely manner. Full responsibility rests with the applicant to make sure all application materials have been received by the Graduate School by the application deadlineIncomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants must contact the Graduate School (775) 784-6869 or the Office of International Outreach and Application Services at (775) 784-6318 to verify that the graduate admission application, official transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores have been received by those offices by the January 15th deadline.

An applicant who gains admission on the basis of incomplete or fraudulent credentials or misrepresentation in the written application for admission shall have admission and registration canceled without refund of any fees, the total credits rescinded that have been earned following such admission, and future registration at the university prohibited.

All materials submitted with the graduate application are the property of the department and will not be returned.

Graduate Student Manual

For more information about the M.A. program in anthropology, please refer to the Anthropology Graduate Student Manual.


A number of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis, as well as several scholarships.  In addition, students are encouraged to seek external funding opportunities.

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