Ceiling House cliff dwellings in Grand Gulch, Cedar Mesa, Utah (Photo/ Jeff Ferguson)The main purpose of the Terminal Master of Arts degree program is to provide students with a solid background in anthropology. New students will be assigned a faculty advisor to help them plan a program of study consistent with their interests. A student may change advisors at any time by notifying all parties involved.

Please refer to the handbook for curriculum details.

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.

Students may have a primary specialization in any of the major subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural, or physical anthropology and must complete 30 hours of graduate work in the anthropology program as well as 43 hours of MBA coursework.

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 or contact the Tuition Classification Officer in the Office of the Registrar (303-492-0907 or tuit.class@registrar.colorado.edu).

Please refer to the handbook for curriculum details.

For information in the School of Business see MBA programs or contact leedsmba@colorado.edu 303-492-8397

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.

Michelle and Krista measuring lemurs (Photo/Frank Cuzzo)Doctoral students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to independently carry out original field or laboratory research, to acquire original data, make appropriate analyses, and prepare reports of publishable caliber. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a broad subject of learning and the ability to critically evaluate work in anthropology.

An MA in anthropology is not required for admission to the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD program should have a solid background in anthropology or a closely related discipline and should demonstrate familiarity with the theories and methods of anthropology. Applicants who have a master's degree in anthropology or a closely related discipline may be eligible for transferring up to 21 credits. Please see the most recent handbook for additional details about transfer credits.

Please refer to the handbook for curriculum details.