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, 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 in a new building. 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. 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.

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

Tuition

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.

Master of Arts in Anthropology (34 Hours)

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2020-22 Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Option Required Courses (22 Hours)

CourseCredits
Anthrpology 501 Anthropological Research Foundations 3
Anthrpology 503 Geographic Information Systems for Anthropology OR
Anthrpology 506 Applied Data Analysis OR
Anthrpology 509 Research Practices
3
Anthrpology 513 Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology OR
Anthrpology 561 Archaeology of the Southwest
3
Anthrpology 519 Graphics for Research 1
Anthrpology 532 Peoples of the Southwest 3
Anthrpology 550 Anthropological Method and Theory 3
Anthrpology 599 Master’s Thesis 6

Non-Thesis Option Required Courses (22 Hours)

CourseCredits
Anthrpology 501 Anthropological Research Foundations 3
Anthrpology 503 Geographic Information Systems for Anthropology OR
Anthrpology 506 Applied Data Analysis OR
Anthrpology 509 Research Practices
3
Anthrpology 510 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3
Anthrpology 513 Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology OR
Anthrpology 561 Archaeology of the Southwest
3
Anthrpology 519 Graphics for Research 1
Anthrpology 532 Peoples of the Southwest 3
Anthrpology 541 Historic Preservation OR
Anthrpology 542 Cultural Resources Management
3
Anthrpology 550 Anthropological Method and Theory 3

Required Electives (12 Hours)

CourseCredits
Anthrpology 503 Geographic Information Systems for Anthropology 3
Anthrpology 504 Human Osteology 3
Anthrpology 506 Applied Data Analysis 3
Anthrpology 509 Research Practices 3
Anthrpology 510 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3-6
Anthrpology 511 Advanced Skeletal Analysis 3
Anthrpology 513 Hunter-Gatherer Archaeology 3
Anthrpology 514 Ceramic Analysis 3
Anthrpology 518 Zooarchaeology 3
Anthrpology 520 Advanced Lithic Analysis 3
Anthrpology 521 Laboratory Analysis in Archaeology 3
Anthrpology 525 Taphonomic Analysis 3
Anthrpology 541 Historic Preservation 3
Anthrpology 542 Cultural Resources Management 3
Anthrpology 561 Archaeology of the Southwest 3
Anthrpology 569 Workshop in Anthropology 1-3
Anthrpology 579 Individual Research 1-3
Anthrpology 583 Graduate Field Research 3
Anthrpology 584 Graduate Readings in Anthropology 1-2
Anthrpology 587 Principles of Geoarchaeology 3
Anthrpology 593 Topics in Anthropology 1-3
Anthrpology 596 Graduate Seminar 1-3

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 apply to the graduate program in anthropology. Applications are reviewed year round as they are received.

  • 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

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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.

Graduate Coordinator

Susan Kuzminsky

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Director of Forensic Science Program

Office Location: Art and Anthropology (AA), Room 131

Phone: 575.562.2463

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