Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Contact Information: 
800 KMBL, Provo, UT 84602-5522
(801) 422-3058
Program Requirements: 

Total Credit Hours Required (30): A minimum of 24 hours of course work plus 6 thesis hours (ANTHR 699R); A minimum of 20 hours (of the 24 noted above) must be taken under the direct instruction of professional anthropologists at BYU or in another acceptable department at the university. Thesis, readings, internship, and individual work do not count toward these 20 hours. Required and additional courses are noted below.

Required Core Courses: 

ANTHR 500 (History of Antrhopology) 
ANTHR 501 (Current Archeological Method & Theory) OR ANTHR 503 (Contemporary Anthro, Theory)
ANTHR 502, (Quantitative Methods for Anthropology) OR ANTHR 543 (Ethnograhic Data Analysis)
ANTHR 512 (Heritage Resource Management) OR ANTHR 590R (Special Topics in Psychological Anthro)

Additional Courses: 12 hours of electives from ANTHR 530-695R, with a maximum of six hours from 695R.

Examinations: (A) Oral presentation of thesis proposal; (B) Oral comprehensive examination in conjunction with the thesis proposal; (C) Oral defense of written thesis.

Final Written Thesis: 6 hours of ANTHR 699R and successful completion of a masters level thesis.



Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests


Additional Requirements

  • Letter of intent specifying particular areas of interest
  • Undergraduate degree in anthropology or related field
  • Resume required


Program Outcomes: 

Field Work and Technical Skills

Graduate students will be competent in anthropological field work and the analysis of archaeological or sociocultural data. Specific technical skills attained include some combination of the following: understanding and use of a system of archaeological site documentation and excavation, using a total station, global positioning systems, using appropriate analysis tools in site exploration and interpretation, field note writing, participant observation, interviewing, and/or ethnographic data analysis. (ANTHR 501, ANTHR 502, ANTHR 503, ANTHR 530, ANTHR 543, ANTHR 590R, ANTHR 599R, ANTHR 695R).

Effective Communication

Graduate students will create and present professional quality papers on archaeological or sociocultural topics, including presenting papers and posters at professional meetings, and/or submitting written findings to journals or other publication outlets. (ANTHR 500, ANTHR 501, ANTHR 502, ANTHR 503, ANTHR 511, ANTHR 512, ANTHR 522, ANTHR 524, ANTHR 525, ANTHR 526, ANTHR 530, ANTHR 535, ANTHR 543, ANTHR 562, ANTHR 564, ANTHR 565, ANTHR 566, ANTHR 580, ANTHR 590R, ANTHR 596, ANTHR 599R, ANTHR 694R, ANTHR 695R).

Professional Standards and Ethics

Graduate students will know and follow professional standards and ethics relative to their field. For students focusing on archaeology this will include, the management, excavation, interpretation, and display of cultural resources. For students focusing on sociocultural anthropology, this will include an understanding of the ethics of working with human subjects.(ANTHR 501, ANTHR 502, ANTHR 512, ANTHR 522, ANTHR 524, ANTHR 525, ANTHR 543, ANTHR 599R).

Sociocultural and Archaeological Method and Theory

Graduate students in Anthropology will have a solid foundation in current archaeological and socioculturral method and theory, as well as an appreciation and understanding of the historic development of the broader discipline of anthropologys. Students must demonstrate their knowledge of the above by applying this knowledge in formulating professional papers, research proposals, and in their MA thesis.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 14
International 0
Female 10
LDS 14
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 8
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 309.2
GRE Quantitative Score 151.5
GRE Quantitative Percentile 46.7
GRE Verbal Score 157.8
GRE Verbal Percentile 72.3
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 63.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 4.0
Graduated Per Year 3.2
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 7.6
Admitted Per Year 4.8
Percent Admitted 63.16
Average GPA 3.55