We've been offering a nationally recognized master's degree in anthropology for more than four decades. Our program is designed to prepare you for a career in public or private archaeology, or to pursue a doctoral degree. Our graduates hold positions across the country with government agencies, private contractors, universities and community colleges, and in Ph.D. programs.
This specially focused archaeology master's program concentrates on the archaeology of the U.S. Southwest, with a wide range of methods courses offering hands-on experience in the analysis of various archaeological materials. Our classes are small and taught in person. Coursework is offered in the following areas of faculty expertise: Southwest archaeology, Paleoindian studies, lithic technology, zooarchaeology, GIS, quantitative methods, hunter-gatherers, geoarchaeology, historic preservation, cultural resource management, osteology and ceramics and taphonomy. In addition to coursework, you are required to write a master’s thesis or complete an internship and research project in our new, non-thesis option. Your thesis or research project must match departmental and faculty areas of expertise. A list of past department theses can be found here: Anthropology Department Theses.
Service and Mutual Interest Organizations
Mu Alpha Nu, our anthropology club, provides you the opportunity to use your anthropology skills, and hold leadership positions on campus. The Blackwater Draw National Historic Landmark and the Blackwater Draw Museum offer special opportunities for employment and research.
To be admitted with regular graduate status, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a related area, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. If you have a lower GPA, you may be considered for conditional admission. If you do not have sufficient background in anthropology, you may be required to take undergraduate leveling courses. Additionally, if you have not taken a technical writing course, you may be required to take an undergraduate leveling course or take a department exam to test out of that requirement.
We have of the most affordable tuition rates in New Mexico and one of the most affordable in the country among four-year public institutions.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
When it comes to financing your education, ENMU is here to help! Many of our students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, loans or scholarships. As an anthropology graduate student, there is an additional scholarship you can apply for: the Stephen R. Durand Graduate Anthropology Scholarship. View information for this and other scholarships for which you may apply as a current ENMU student. We also have a limited number of part-time graduate assistantships available.
Graduate assistantships providing experience in the classrooms and labs, on research projects, at museums, and at the Blackwater Draw Site may be awarded to qualified students. In addition to a stipend, graduate assistantships include a tuition waiver, which gives out-of-state students our low in-state tuition. A limited number of student-hire positions are also available in the department.
Apply for the Master's Degree in Anthropology
New students are accepted only for the fall semester. Admission to our program is a two-step process. You must first submit an online application to the Graduate School, then submit the following materials, via the online application process or by mail, to the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archeology:
- One- to two-page letter of introduction and intent outlining:
- Research focus
- Professional goals
- Research, employment and scholastic experience relating to research and professional goals
- ENMU faculty member(s) who share your research interests you hope to work with
- Current resume or curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation written and sent by academic or professional references
- Example of academic or professional writing
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At ENMU, our mission is to combine a traditional learning environment with 21st century technology to provide a rich educational experience with excellent teaching and active learning. ENMU emphasizes liberal learning, freedom of inquiry, cultural diversity and whole student life. With affordable tuition, evening classes as well as select online courses, we offer an education that fits your lifestyle and puts your career goals within reach. Apply today or contact us for further information about Eastern New Mexico University’s master’s degree in anthropology.