Graduate Program

Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. We have a current enrollment of about 30 graduate students. Our department has a broad scientific approach to understanding human biology and behavior, both past and present, that is grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory. The graduate program provides rigorous coursework with a rich combination of hands-on field and laboratory research experiences. Students work closely with a faculty advisor who helps them pursue fellowships/grants and develop collaborative research projects. Additional anthropology faculty and others outside the department at MU typically serve as committee members and resources for expanding students’ research programs (e.g. Biological Sciences, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Integrative Anatomy, Public Health, Museum of Anthropology, MU Research Reactor). Current and former graduate students have successfully pursued research in the field, lab, and analytical domains. Graduates of our program have found success with careers not only in academia and higher education, but also in, for example, contract archaeology, public health, or the nonprofit sector.


Active areas of research by faculty

Students are welcome to choose research topics that span across the three sub-fields represented by faculty, and often collaborate with students and faculty in other departments such as Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Art History and Archaeology, and Geological Sciences.

We are certain that Mizzou Anthropology offers many opportunities for you to pursue a successful graduate career. We look forward to seeing your application soon.

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Anthropology Students Association

Join the Anthropology Students Association (ASA)!  ASA is an organization for both undergraduate and graduate anthropology students, as well as anyone with an interest in anthropology at the University of Missouri. We are committed to fostering a supportive environment of peers and encouraging academic progress for anthropology students. We meet regularly to discuss a variety of topics, attend lectures, take field trips, assist and attend department events and have fun exploring anthropology. For more information visit the MU Engage Anthropology Students Association website or find us on Facebook.