Master's in Anthropology

Our master's in Anthropology degree focuses on public anthropology by applying concepts, methods and insights to issues of contemporary relevance and concern. You'll gain valuable experience in archaeological field schools and community-engaged research projects or work in collections in our Museum of Anthropology gallery. To hone your expertise, we offer three distinct degree tracks in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Museum and Heritage Studies.

Whether you pursue a career as a professional anthropologist, field technician, museum professional, national park staff member or heritage site educator, you'll be informed by a cross-cultural and historical perspective on the human condition.

Why a Master's in Anthropology from DU?

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    Take Advantage of our Strong Professional Network

    We have long-established relationships with museums, Native American community partners, local nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. These relationships provide opportunities for collaborative research, internships and networking.

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    Gain Beneficial Hands-On Experience

    Practice, research and hone your professional skills right here on campus in our Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology Lab and Ethnology Lab.  Real-world experiences help you develop professional skills that will prepare you for work in: research and teaching, cultural resource management, museums and heritage sites, public health and community development, environmental conservation, human rights and social welfare.

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    Design Your Own Course Schedule 

    Choose courses from any one of our three areas of specialization; Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology or Museum and Heritage Studies to build a degree best suited to your interests and goals.

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11:1 Student Teacher Ratio Receive individual instruction and mentorship from faculty who are available to their students. Build lifelong relationships while you learn alongside your close knit community of peers.

3 On Campus Research Opportunities Teaching and research go hand in hand in the Department of Anthropology. Students have research opportunities beyond the classroom in the Ethnography Lab, Campus Archeology and the DU Museum of Anthropology (DUMA).

95% of Students Receive Funding We offer tuition support through Dean’s Scholarship Hours and Graduate Teaching Assistantships to qualified admitted students. Limited work opportunities may also be available through the University of Denver's own Museum of Anthropology.

Jasmine Saxon (Anthropology MA '18)

Anthropology Alumna Connects Community to History Through Public Archaeology

Jasmine Saxon (MA ’18) partnered with FactorEarth to create 360-degree virtual tours of historically significant places in Colorado

After working with Metcalf Archeologist Consultants, helping ensure that new land projects preserve historical sites and positively impact the surrounding communities, Saxon moved on to co-found Community Connections. Her company works to connect communities to their histories through public archeology.

“Public archeology is taking archeology back to the community and getting them involved in their own history without others dictating what that history should look like,” Saxon says.

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