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 600 (History of Anthropology) 
ANTHR 601 (Current Archaeological Method & Theory) OR ANTHR 503 (Contemporary Anthro, Theory)
ANTHR 602, (Quantitative Methods for Anthropology) OR ANTHR 543 (Ethnographic Data Analysis)
ANTHR 512 (Heritage Resource Management) OR ANTHR 639R (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 fieldwork and data analysis. Specific technical skills include some combination of the following: archaeological excavation techniques, archaeological site documentation, mapping, artifact analysis, field note writing, participant observation, interviewing, and/or ethnographic data analysis.

Professional Communication

Graduate students will be able to produce professional quality research papers suitable for presentation at professional meetings or publication.

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 understanding ethical issues related to 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.

Sociocultural and Archaeological Method and Theory

Graduate students will have a solid foundation in current method and theory, as well as an appreciation and understanding of the historic development of the broader discipline of anthropology.