Anthropology MA

The MA degree program includes 30 credit hours of Anthropology coursework, completion of first-year student requirements and a master’s project paper. 

A minimum 24 credit hours must be taken in residence at the University at Buffalo.

Graduate students must abide by the rules as they existed in the year of their admission. Since the rules are subject to change, students may want to check the Graduate Student Handbooks of earlier years. See the Department’s Graduate Coordinator in MFAC 380 to obtain a copy of previous handbooks.

MA to PhD Eligibility

Students may be admitted into an MA-only track or directly to the PhD program, depending upon interests and qualifications. If you intend to get a PhD in Anthropology we encourage you to apply directly to the PhD program.

Students who have been admitted to the MA program may subsequently wish to enter the doctoral program.  Students who apply for the PhD must have retained at least a 3.2 GPA in their graduate coursework and fulfilled all MA requirements. 

Medical Anthropology Concentration Requirements

The Anthropology M.A., Medical Anthropology concentration consists of 30 credit hours, most of these taken in formal courses, a research project and a research paper or thesis based on that project.

Students in this concentration are required to take APY 654: Survey of Culture Theory or APY 651: Survey of Physical Anthropology; students may take both if they wish. In addition, all students will take APY 508: Qualitative Research Methods.

Students take at least 24 additional credits from the courses listed below or, with the approval of the adviser, from appropriate courses in the UB School of Public Health and Health professions, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, or the School of Nursing. Only six credits from non-anthropology courses may be counted toward the MA degree.

Students in the Medical Anthropology track will not take a qualifying exam. Each student will undertake an approved research project, developed in consultation with the adviser, and will write a research paper or thesis based on that research. The research paper or thesis must be approved by the adviser and one other member of the Department of Anthropology. Both faculty members must be members of the Graduate Faculty. Students in the Medical Anthropology concentration may apply to the PhD program in Anthropology and will be subject to the same admissions criteria and procedures as other PhD program applicants.

Relevant Elective Courses

Students will choose most of their courses from the below list but may take relevant coursework from outside the department with the adviser’s approval.

  • APY 545 Dental Anthropology
  • APY 546 Physical Anthropology Topics 
  • APY 548 Human Genetics- Legal and Ethical Issues
  • APY 556 Religion and Society
  • APY 578 Ethnomedicine
  • APY 565 Gender & Healing in Latin America
  • APY 576 Health Care in U.S.
  • APY 584 Transcultural Psychiatry
  • APY 594 Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • APY 603 Anthropology of Death and Trauma
  • APY 604 Culture and Disability 
  • APY 606 Anthropology of Reproduction
  • APY 607 Individual Readings Physical Anthropology
  • APY 710 Geographic Medicine
  • APY 721 Physical Anthropology Research Methods