Anthropology Department

MA - Applied Anthropology

Information about the program and important dates can be obtained at the department website:

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must meet all the university admission requirements. The university-level graduate application is separate from the application you send to the department. You will need to apply separately to the university to obtain approval for university-level admission and to the department to obtain admission into the Applied Anthropology Program. Minimum requirements for the program are a bachelor's degree in Anthropology or a core of introductory Cultural and Physical or Archaeological Anthropology; an upper-division methods course in Ethnography, Archaeology, or Osteology; an upper-division anthropological theory course; and 6 elective units in upper-division Anthropology (approximately 18 units overall). A 3.0 grade point average (B or better) in the last 60 semester units of undergraduate work and all Anthropology courses is required. Depending on their level of preparation, applicants can be admitted in either classified or conditionally classified standing.

Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirements webpage at GAPE.

Requirements for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy

Students must meet the university requirements for candidacy. General university requirements for advancement to candidacy for the MA degree are detailed in the Graduate Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Candidacy includes successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, refer to the GWAR Course List on the Graduate Studies website.

Further requirements of the department for advancement to candidacy include completion of 18 units in the graduate program and submission of a project or thesis proposal to the department's Graduate Committee. If the proposal is satisfactory and the student is considered to be a potentially competent and mature practitioner, he or she will be advanced to candidacy. Students who fail to meet the expected standards will be terminated from the program.

Requirements for Graduation

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.

MA - Anthropology Graduation Requirements

Students are expected to conduct original research and write a thesis or, alternatively, to be engaged in professional activity and write a project report. All research or professional activity must conform to the ethical standards of the discipline of Anthropology as outlined by the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, and the university's Institutional Review Board. Each course of study must include 36 semester units. Eighteen of the units are in the Applied Anthropology core. Six units of upper-division or graduate Anthropology depth courses will be taken with the permission of the student's advisor, and 6 units of upper-division or graduate classes outside of Anthropology emphasizing the student's area of application will be taken with the permission of the student's advisor. SJSU Studies courses may not be used to fulfill the Anthropology depth requirement or field of application requirement. Six additional units will reflect research or professional internships and thesis or project report preparation

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements for the Masters36
Core Courses18
ANTH 230. Theory in Practice3
ANTH 231. Applications Core3
ANTH 232. Applications Core3
ANTH 233. Fields of Application3
ANTH 234. Advanced Research Methods3
ANTH 235. Quantitative Methods3
Advisor approved elective may be substituted for ANTH 235
Anthropology Depth Requirement6
Two 3-unit upper division anthropology courses approved by faculty advisor
Field of Application Requirement6
Two 3-unit upper division SJSU courses approved by faculty advisor
Culminating Experience6
ANTH 280. Individual Studies3
Complete one option from (Plan A or Plan B):
Plan A (Thesis)
ANTH 299. Master's Thesis1-6
Plan B (Project)
ANTH 298. Anthropology Project3

Total Units:36

Elective courses must be planned in consultation with the Anthropology Graduate Advisor.

The maximum number of upper-division undergraduate units that can be applied toward the master's degree is 15.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, the student must have achieved minimum candidacy and SJSU cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 in order to graduate.