Master of Science, Applied Anthropology
William Wedenoja, Graduate Director
Strong Hall, Room 470; Phone (417) 836-5641
Applied Anthropology is the application of anthropological skills and knowledge to the needs and problems of society today. This program is intended to be a terminal, practice degree, although it will also be helpful preparation for a Ph.D. program. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate background in anthropology. The program emphasizes the cultivation of professional skills such as quantitative analysis, computer applications, technical writing, and public speaking. There are many facets to applied anthropology, but the current focus of this program is the study and preservation of cultural heritage through archaeology and ethnography. Every student will take courses in both archaeology and in ethnography, but each student will normally focus on one or the other. The program is concerned chiefly with American culture and diversity, particularly Native American culture and the Ozarks region, and is intended to meet the steadily growing need for professionals in cultural resource management, public archaeology, cultural and linguistic preservation, and heritage tourism.
Accelerated Master's Option
Outstanding undergraduate majors in anthropology at Missouri State may gain early acceptance to the Master of Science program in Applied Anthropology. Admitted students will be permitted to take up to 6 hours of graduate credit in ANT at the 600-700 level that can be applied to the requirements for both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees.
Before enrolling in a course to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program director, department head, and Dean of the Graduate College. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course.
Eligible students may initiate the process for admission to the accelerated option by submitting an application to the Graduate College. This should be completed as early as possible to allow sufficient time for consideration of all application materials. Students are encouraged to consult with the graduate program director prior to applying.
Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Option
- A declared major in Anthropology at Missouri State University.
- Senior standing and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
- Completion of at least 21 hours in ANT, including ANT 226 and ANT 240, with a 3.5 GPA or better in the major.
- Three letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise from faculty familiar with your performance.
- A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting any experience relevant to this master's program.
- A statement of purpose of 300-500 words on your qualifications and reasons for pursuing this degree.
- At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper).
- Formal acceptance to the accelerated option by the graduate faculty in anthropology.
Admission to the program is selective. The minimum standards for admission are:
- A bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University.
- A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale; OR at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of academic course work; OR a combined score of 1000 or higher on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- At least a 3.25 in all anthropology courses.
This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate major in anthropology, which should include at least two courses in cultural anthropology and in archaeology, a theory course, and an introduction to statistics. A field school or fieldwork experience is highly recommended, as are courses in North American Indians and North American Archaeology. Promising applicants may be admitted provisionally with deficiencies, which will need to be rectified with extra course work.
A final decision on admission will be made by the anthropology graduate admissions committee, which will take the following into consideration:
- Three letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise.
- A resume of not more than two pages, highlighting any experience relevant to this Master’s program.
- A statement of purpose of 300-500 words on qualifications and reasons for pursuing this degree.
- At least one sample of writing (e.g., a term paper).
- A transcript of all courses taken and degree(s) completed.
Admission will also depend on the number of students the program can support at a given time and the suitability of the applicant and his or her interests for the objectives of the program.
Degree Requirements (minimum of 36 hours)
- Core Requirements (21 hours)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours ANT 611 Ethnographic Field Methods OR ANT 650 Advanced Methods in Archaeology 3 hrs ANT 700 Applying Anthropology 3 hrs ANT 720 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 3 hrs ANT 770 Research Design and Writing in Anthropology 3 hrs ANT 790 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3 hrs ANT 797 Practicum in Applied Anthropology OR ANT 799 Thesis 6 hrs
- Electives (15 hours)
Course Code Course Title Credit Hours ANT 611 Ethnographic Field Methods 3 hrs ANT 626 North American Indians Today 3 hrs ANT 645 Cultural Resource Management 3 hrs ANT 650 Advanced Methods in Archaeology 3 hrs ANT 655 Archaeological Theory 3 hrs ANT 692 Directed Research in Anthropology 1-3 hrs ANT 696 Directed Readings in Anthropology 1-3 hrs ANT 698 Seminar in Anthropology* 3 hrs
*When applicable (e.g., The Anthropology of Tourism, Ethnohistory, Language Preservation, Historic Archaeology, Interpreting Skeletal Remains).
Up to 6 hours of related graduate level courses in other programs may also serve as electives with approval of the advisor and graduate director.
- Internship. Every student will complete an internship of at least 200 hours with an approved organization. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this internship, in consultation with his or her advisor. Completion of the internship requires submission of a detailed report or portfolio and an oral presentation to the anthropology faculty and graduate students.
- Advisory Committee. Every student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will supervise the course of study. An advisory committee of at least three professors from the Graduate Faculty will be formed to evaluate the practicum or thesis. This committee may include an additional member from another university, or an agency or organization, when appropriate.
- Research.Upon completion of the core courses, electives, and internship, each student will submit a proposal for a research project. This proposal shall be prepared in consultation with the student’s advisor. When completed, the graduate director will convene a hearing with the student’s advisory committee for final approval. There are two options for this research project:
- Practicum. It is expected that most students will conduct an applied project from beginning to completion. The final report will serve as the equivalent of a thesis.
- Thesis. In some instances, it may be more appropriate to conduct a research project and write a thesis.
- Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of a thesis or a practicum report, a hearing will be held and the student will be examined on the work by the advisory committee. Each student will also give a public presentation on his or her research.