Master's Degree in Anthropology

Choose our thesis or non-thesis option, both with a focus on hands-on training in archaeology and bioarchaeology.

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Master of Arts in Anthropology Details

We've been offering a nationally recognized master's degree in anthropology for more than 50 years. 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 and Plains, but we also offer opportunities for a Master's in cultural or biological anthropology. We offer a wide range of courses taught in a newly renovated building. Coursework is offered in the following areas of faculty expertise: advanced skeletal analysis, ceramics, cultural resource management, GIS, historic preservation, hunter-gatherers, human osteology, lithic technology, Paleoindian studies, Southwest archaeology and zooarchaeology.

In addition to coursework, you are required to write a master's thesis or complete an internship and research project for our 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.

The non-thesis option is now also offered as an online alternative for students who cannot come to campus for regular class meeting times and prefer not to write a traditional thesis. The internship requirement is flexible and may be completed either virtually with ENMU or another entity, or with the student’s present employer, if willing. Some elective classes may not be offered online. For more information about the online option, contact Dr. Robert Stokes at [email protected].

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

How to Apply


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

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 to the Graduate School:

  • 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
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation written and sent by academic or professional references

Graduate School
ENMU Station 24
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
Phone: 575.562.2147

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ENMU combines an engaging learning environment with current technology to provide a rich educational experience. We focus on preparing students for careers and advanced study; promoting citizenship and leadership skills and values; supporting excellence in teaching and research; and empowering students to respond to a rapidly changing world. 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.

Graduate Coordinator

Robert Stokes

Dr. Robert Stokes

Assistant Professor of Anthropology,Dept. Chair, Director of the Agency for Conservation Archaeology

Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 139

Phone: 575.562.2696


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