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MA/MAA in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers two distinct anthropology graduate degree programs. Boise State’s graduate programs in anthropology emphasize ecological and biosocial perspectives in the study of humans. The program leading to the Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA) is a thesis-based program designed to prepare students for further study at the doctoral level. The program leading to the Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) degree is a professional science masters (PSM) designed to prepare students for science careers in business, government, or non-profit organizations. The degree combines rigorous study in anthropological science with skill-based coursework in management, policy, verbal communication, GIS, and technical writing. The program consists of two years of academic preparation with a professional component that includes an internship or other work-related experience. In anthropology the MAA specifically prepares students for careers in cultural resource management.