Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in Anthropology with optional specialization:
- Environmental Studies
- Ethnic Studies
- Great Plains Studies
- Professional Archaeology
- Women's & Gender Studies
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Digital Cultural Heritage
- Evolutionary Anthropology
- Native American Studies
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
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 attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Landscape and Historical Archaeology; Europe, Mediterranean; Archaeology and Identity Formation; Digital Archaeology
Native Peoples; Ethnohistory; Oral History Sociolinguistics; Native Language Ideology
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
Lithic Technology; Landscape Archaeology; Human Environmental Interaction; Archaeology of Great Plains; Australia, Kenya, South Africa
Behavioral Ecology; Economic Exchange; Time Allocation; Marriage and Kinship
Dental Anthropology; Life History Theory; Paleoanthropology; Skeletal Biology; Primate Comparative Anatomy; Human Gross Anatomy; Growth and Development; Evolution of Human Childbirth
Inter-Group Competition; Visual Communication in Place-Marking; Social Signaling through Landscape ModificationsAdjunct Faculty
Archaeology; Kinship and Households; Social and Ritual Organization; Gender, Social Inequality; Cultural Heritage Preservation; Ethnoarchaeology; Digital Archaeology and Digital Anthropologies; American Southwest
American Fur Trade; Historical Archaeology of Tourism; SE Alaska Alpine ArchaelologyAdjunct Faculty
Native North Americans; Arctic; Great Plains
Skeletal Biology; Nutrition; Human Adaptation, Growth and Development; Medical Anthropology; Evolutionary Medicine
Digital Cultural Heritage; Mesoamerica; Landscape Archaeology; 3D Modeling and Visualization; Geographic Information Systems; Accessibility and Visibility Studies; Social Networks and Inequality
Archaic-Late Prehistoric of the North American High Plains; Mediterranean Archaeology; Traditional Food Preparation; Costly Signaling; Landscape Archaeology; Archaeological Method and Theory