Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

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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. Katherine Bickert

Campus Address
816 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0368

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Anthropology

  • 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, our 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The Department of Anthropology offers a MA degree suited for students interested in professional career advancement as well as those who are building toward a subsequent advanced degree (e.g., PhD). Three disciplinary subfields are represented in the department: biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. (Linguistic anthropology is represented elsewhere within the university with affiliations to our department.) Our faculty have active research programs throughout the Americas as well as Africa and Europe. In many cases, an individualized program of study can also be accommodated. The Department is especially suited for students who have interests in the following areas:

  • applied anthropology (cultural resource management, business and development, education and linguistics)
  • application of digital technologies in anthropology (e.g., 3D, GIS, open-access tools)
  • cultural heritage
  • human behavioral ecology and human ecodynamics
  • human growth & development
  • landscape archaeology
  • material culture studies and experimental archaeology
  • research methodology

The department has relationships with various units on campus to enhance student research opportunities and experience. These include the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the Institute for Ethnic Studies, Art and Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, the Center for Great Plains Studies, the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Business, and the School of Natural Resources in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students also benefit from opportunities for employment, fellowships, and internships through the department’s partnerships with the Midwest Archeological Center (National Park Service), the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Annex (DPAA) at Offutt Air Force Base.

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Faculty and research

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Effie Athanassopoulos

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

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

Phil Geib

Archaeology; Prehistoric Technology; Subsistence; Experimental Archaeology; Competition and Cooperation; North American Southwest, Great Plains, and Great Basin

Ted Hamann

Anthropology of Education; Anthropology of Policy; Migration; Mexico; New Latino Diaspora; South Africa Adjunct Faculty

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

Heather Richards-Rissetto

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

Loukia Sarroub

Literacy studies and adolescent literacies; language and culture and sociolinguistic analyses; anthropology and education; cross-cultural studies; immigrant communities in the US and Europe; youth cultures; Middle Eastern populations in the US, including fieldwork and research in Yemeni and Iraqi communities; ethnography and qualitative research methods, discourse analysis, language and gender in education; education policy and social analysis.Adjunct Faculty

LuAnn Wandsnider

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

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