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Master’s Degrees in Anthropology

1,085 Yearly Graduations
$37,250 Median Salary
$38,463 Median Debt
There are 171 schools in the United States where you can get your master's degree in anthropology. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were women, and 23% were students from underrepresented racial-ethnic groups. Also, 11.1% of anthropology graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Anthropology Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,085 earned their master's degree in anthropology. This makes it the 109th most popular master's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in anthropology at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 9,040
Master’s Degree 1,085
Associate’s Degree 940
Doctor’s Degree 542
Undergraduate Certificate 44
Graduate Certificate 30
Basic Certificate 22

Earnings of Anthropology Majors With Master’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding a master's degree in anthropology is $37,250. This number may vary for a lot of reasons. For instance, you may decide to move to a location where people with your degree are rare and make more money.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $33,425 to a high of $41,075.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a master's degree in anthropology is $38,463. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $41,584 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $35,636.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $448.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their master's degree in anthropology. About 71.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 313
Women 772
Gender Diversity of Master's Degrees in Anthropology

The racial-ethnic distribution of anthropology master’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 25
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 114
White 663
International Students 120
Other Races/Ethnicities 121
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Anthropology Master's Degree Students

There are 171 colleges that offer a master’s degree in anthropology. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Binghamton University

Vestal, New York
27 Yearly Graduations
74% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Binghamton University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 18,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at Binghamton University. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 74% were women.

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
27 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Notre Dame tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree. Roughly 12,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $55,046 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,908 per year.

The anthropology program at University of Notre Dame awarded 27 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 26% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

New York University

New York, New York
23 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New York University is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Each year, around 52,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,684 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $33,408 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their master's degree in anthropology from NYU. About 87% of this group were women, and 35% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia
21 Yearly Graduations
76% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia State University comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Each year, around 35,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,158 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,164 per year.

The anthropology program at Georgia State University awarded 21 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 76% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#5

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas
18 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Texas State University. Each year, around 38,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,052 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,751 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 people received their master's degree in anthropology from Texas State. Around 22% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#5

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
18 Yearly Graduations
72% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Northern Arizona University. Roughly 30,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,018 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,305 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at NAU. About 72% of this group were women, and 39% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts
16 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Harvard University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Each year, around 31,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $47,730 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $48,008 per year.

The anthropology program at Harvard University awarded 16 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 19% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 56% were women.

#7

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
16 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #7 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Roughly 35,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 16 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at SDSU. Around 50% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

15 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Mexico State University - Main Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Each year, around 14,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,875 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,844 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at NMSU Main Campus. Of these students, 87% were women and 27% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon
15 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oregon State University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Each year, around 31,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,846 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,933 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 15 people received their master's degree in anthropology from Oregon State. Of these students, 80% were women and 40% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
14 Yearly Graduations
64% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 11th most popular school in the country for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree is California State University - Los Angeles. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The anthropology program at California State University - Los Angeles awarded 14 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 64% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
14 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Central Florida is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Roughly 69,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,478 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,916 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 14 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at UCF. About 71% of this group were women, and 21% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#11

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
14 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Wisconsin - Madison comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Roughly 44,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,273 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,728 per year.

The anthropology program at University of Wisconsin - Madison awarded 14 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 71% were women.

#14

University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of New Mexico - Main Campus comes in at #14 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Roughly 22,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,299 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,156 per year.

The anthropology program at University of New Mexico - Main Campus awarded 13 master's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#14

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for anthropology majors who are seeking their master's degree is Wayne State University. Each year, around 26,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,024 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,285 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 people received their master's degree in anthropology from Wayne State. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 69% were women.

#14

University of North Texas

Denton, Texas
13 Yearly Graduations
69% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of North Texas is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Roughly 39,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,295 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,900 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 13 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at UNT. Of these students, 69% were women and 23% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
12 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Montana is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,352 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,716 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their master's degree in anthropology from UM. Around 17% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 67% were women.

#17

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, New Jersey
12 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Monmouth University is the 17th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a master's degree in anthropology. Each year, around 5,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $38,880 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,126 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their master's degree in anthropology from Monmouth. Of these students, 92% were women and 17% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#17

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
12 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Illinois University comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Each year, around 16,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,466 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $8,922 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 people received their master's degree in anthropology from NIU. Of these students, 58% were women and 25% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

12 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering master's degrees in anthropology. Each year, around 31,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,763 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $47,600 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 master's degrees were handed out to anthropology majors at Columbia. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 92% were women.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to anthropology that offer master’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
International Relations & Security 4,818
Economics 4,391
Political Science & Government 1,984
Sociology 1,442
Geography & Cartography 1,192

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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