Dual MA/MBA Program

To support the University’s mission of advancing knowledge across disciplines, and in recognition that business education and training has relevance to many academic fields, the Leeds School of Business and the Department of Anthropology endorse a dual degree program in which both a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Anthropology be awarded to those students who satisfy the requirements of the respective programs. An MBA degree in combination with the MA degree in Anthropology will provide you with a set of business tools to complement your anthropology background and expand your career options. The dual MA/MBA offers you the opportunity to earn both degrees together in less time than if the degrees were earned sequentially.

Residents of Western states, including Alaska and Hawaii, may be eligible for in-state tuition for this dual degree program. Please see the Western Regional Graduate Program handout at: http://wrgp.wiche.edu/ or contact the Tuition Classification Officer in the Office of the Registrar at 303-492-0907; E-mail tuit.class@registrar.colorado.edu.

Admission to the Dual Degree Program

  • Students must apply and be admitted to each program separately.
  • Students must meet the application requirements and admissions standards for each program, and are urged to have a conversation with the Anthropology faculty member who is most closely aligned with their interests prior to submitting an application. It is important that students clearly indicate their interest in the dual degree program in their Personal Statement to the Department of Anthropology.
  • For admission to the MBA program, at least two years of full-time, post-graduate work experience is strongly recommended. Work experience adds relevance and depth to the learning process and allows greater contribution to classroom discussions and project work.
  • Dual degree students may start either program first; however, in the first year of the dual degree program, courses are taken in one of the two departments exclusively, and in the second year, courses are taken in the other department exclusively.

Description of Curriculum

  • In most cases, dual degree students should start their program in the Department of Anthropology, enrolling in a full load of Anthropology courses during their first year, as described below:
    • The required first year courses for all graduate students:
      • ANTH 5795  Proseminar
      • One graduate level Anthropology seminar (can include a Bridging Seminar) not in the student's subdiscipline.
      • ANTH 5000  Quantitative Methods (required of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology students) or an approved "Tools" course (required of Cultural Anthropology students).
  • Specific additional requirements, depending upon the student’s subdiscipline, to be at least partially met in the first year, the remainder to be completed in the third or fourth year:


    • ANTH 5345 Archaeological Theory,
    • ANTH 5390 Research Methods in Archaeology I,
    • ANTH 5400 Research Methods in Archaeology II,
    • ANTH 5460 Archaeology in Contemporary Society, plus a required MA Thesis (6 hours)

    Cultural Anthropology: 

    • ANTH 5780 Core Course in Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH 5785 Advanced Seminar in Cultural Anthropology,
    • One ethnographic area course or independent study, plus four elective cultural anthropology courses at the 5000 level or above for non-thesis option students.
    • Thesis option students must complete one or two such electives plus an MA thesis of 4-6 credit hours.

    Biological Anthropology: 

    • 18 hrs (6 courses) in graduate-level biological anthropology courses, and in consultation with their advisor, other courses in related disciplines. MA thesis is expected.
  • Dual degree students who start in the Anthropology department will enroll in the following MBA courses during the second year in the combined program (31 credits):

            - Quantitative Methods

            - Socially Responsible Enterprise

            - Managerial Economics I and II

            - Marketing Management

            - Corporate Finance


            - Financial Accounting

            - Decision Modeling

            - Strategy

            - Business Writing/Professional Development

            - Two business electives


  • If a dual degree student starts his or her first year in the business school, they will enroll in the above MBA courses during their first year and the Anthropology courses their second year.
  • A dual degree student will enroll in a combination of Anthropology and MBA courses during his or her third and fourth years in the dual degree program, as described below:
    • MBA requirements to be taken during the 2nd and/or 3rd year (12 credits):

      -Organizational Management requirement (3 credits): choice of Managing Organizational Change, Negotiation & Conflict Management, or Executive Leadership.

      -Three additional business electives to complete a total of 43 MBA credit hours.

      -One MBA course at the 5000 level or above dealing with cultural, anthropological or ethnographic approaches may be substituted for an elective course in the MA Anthropology program.

      -All remaining coursework required for the MA in Anthropology will be taken during the third or fourth year.

Graduation Requirements

  • Dual degree students will be required to complete 43 hours of MBA coursework and 30 hours of Anthropology coursework (3 hours of which may be an approved elective in the MBA program).
  • Both degrees must be awarded simultaneously.
  • Dual degree students must maintain the academic and ethical standards required of both schools. Students in good standing in one school, but not the other, may be allowed to continue in the school in which they are in good standing.
  • Students who do not complete the dual degree program requirements (i.e., who withdraw for any reason from one of the two programs) will be required to meet the full requirements of the remaining program in which they are enrolled.


  • In preparation for the quantitative nature of the MBA program, Anthropology students lacking a quantitative background are strongly advised to strengthen those skills prior to beginning the MBA program.  Please contact the MBA Programs office for additional advice.

Financial Support

  • Dual degree students in need of financial support are eligible for teaching assistantships in Anthropology during the semesters they are based in this department, but should look for those resources at Leeds for the MBA portions of their dual program.


MA/MBA Alumni Profiles


For details on the business school offerings and requirements contact Anne Sandoe.  In Anthropology, contact Art Joyce, Director of Graduate Studies, for related questions.