Graduate ProgramFall 2019 Application Deadline: March 1, 2019



The Master of Arts program in Anthropology is designed for students who plan to continue their graduate studies in Anthropology at the Ph.D. level as well as for students who plan to pursue any of the numerous opportunities for graduate anthropologists, such as in private research, Foreign Service, education, and government.

The program centers on a core of general requirements designed to provide each student with a graduate level exposure to the broad discipline of Anthropology, with an emphasis on general methodology and the ways in which problems are conceptualized and approached in at least three of the interrelated sub-disciplines. Beyond this core, each student is encouraged to design a plan of elective coursework relevant to his/her postgraduate goals. The plan may be to continue a broad, unspecialized course of study, or to concentrate on any of the specialties represented by the interests of the faculty.

Following admission to classified standing, each student is assigned a temporary advisor and informally interviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee to determine the scope of his/her interests and academic background and to establish the plan for elective coursework. After the graduate interview, the student forms a Thesis Committee composed of a graduate advisor and at least one additional member of the Anthropology faculty. The responsibility of the Thesis Committee is to provide general academic advice and to guide the student in conducting research and writing the thesis.

Students may develop their special interests through individual arrangements with their faculty advisors, or they may take advantage of opportunities for special training in such areas of Applied Anthropology as cultural resource management, museology, Anthropology in education, and medical Anthropology through participation in ongoing informal programs which may include special field work or intern placement with local agencies. Prospective students should obtain a copy of the most recent Department of Anthropology Graduate Study Brochure for updated information on special opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Admission to classified graduate standing in Anthropology requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree;
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 units attempted.

Admission and Application Deadlines

Graduate students are considered for admission for the Fall and Spring semester.  For application deadlines visit and click on the term you would like to apply to the program.  To ensure consideration for admission, applicants must submit the following.

1. University Application requirements

  • Auniversity application through CAL STATE APPLY. You will need to create an account. 

  • Submit TWO complete sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universitites attended, other than Sacramento State to the Office of Graduate Studies. 

  • Results of the general Graduate Record Examination and Graduate Record Examination Writing Assessment (GREs).

MAILING ADDRESS: CSUS Sacramento, Office of Graduate Studies; River Front Center, Room 215, MS 6112, 6000 J Street; Sacramento, CA 95819

2. Departmental Supplemental Application requirements: 

Approximately 3 business days after submitting your application, you will receive instructions from the Office of Graduate Studies regarding the process to create a SacLink account and a link to a website where you will need to upload the following department supplemental application requirements. 

  • A departmental supplemental application by the posted application deadline for the term applying. For application click HERE.
  • Statement of Intent: A letter describing academic background and present interests.
  • Two signed professional letters of recommendation on official letterhead from individuals who can assess the applicant's potential for graduate study.

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