Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MA in Anthropology with optional specialization:
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Archaeology
  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Native American Studies

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Professor Ray Hames

Graduate Secretary
Ms. Kathy Hellwege

Campus Address
810 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0368

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Anthropology

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Anthropology
  • February 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program in anthropology, especially suited for students with research interests in historical archaeology, evolutionary approaches to human behavior, and applied/development anthropology. In many cases, individualized programs of study can be accommodated.

The department has excellent laboratories for computer-based instruction and research in archaeology and biological and cultural anthropology. In addition, the department is closely affiliated with the Nebraska State Historical Society, the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Centers for Great Plains Studies, Native American Studies, Asian Studies, and African and African American Studies. Of special interest to archaeologists is the department's strong teaching and research partnership with the Midwest Archaeological Center (National Park Service) which offers students opportunities for employment, fellowships, and internships.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Effie Athanassopoulos

Landscape and Historical Archaeology; Europe, Mediterranean; Archaeology and Identity Formation; Digital Archaeology

Mark Awakuni-Swetland

Native Peoples; Ethnohistory; Oral History Sociolinguistics; Native Language Ideology

Wayne Babchuk

Research Methods; Indigenous Land Rights and Resource Use; Human Rights and Diversity; Human Behavioral Ecology; Kinship and Social Structure; History of Anthropological Theory; Human Origins

Matthew Douglass

Lithic Technology; Landscape Archaeology; Human Environmental Interaction; Archaeology of Great Plains; Australia, Kenya, South Africa

Raymond Hames

Behavioral Ecology; Economic Exchange; Time Allocation; Marriage and Kinship

Emily Hammerl

Dental Anthropology; Life History Theory; Paleoanthropology; Skeletal Biology; Primate Comparative Anatomy; Human Gross Anatomy; Growth and Development; Evolution of Human Childbirth

Ralph Hartley

Inter-Group Competition; Visual Communication in Place-Marking; Social Signaling through Landscape ModificationsAdjunct Faculty

Carolyn Heitman

Archaeology; Kinship and Households; Social and Ritual Organization; Gender, Social Inequality; Cultural Heritage Preservation; Ethnoarchaeology; Digital Archaeology and Digital Anthropologies; American Southwest

William Hunt

American Fur Trade; Historical Archaeology of Tourism; SE Alaska Alpine ArchaelologyAdjunct Faculty

Martha McCollough

Native North Americans; Arctic; Great Plains

Daniel Osborne

Skeletal Biology; Nutrition; Human Adaptation, Growth and Development; Medical Anthropology; Evolutionary Medicine

Heather Richards-Rissetto

Digital Cultural Heritage; Mesoamerica; Landscape Archaeology; 3D Modeling and Visualization; Geographic Information Systems; Accessibility and Visibility Studies; Social Networks and Inequality

LuAnn Wandsnider

Archaic-Late Prehistoric of the North American High Plains; Mediterranean Archaeology; Traditional Food Preparation; Costly Signaling; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Method and Theory

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Anthropology.

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