Graduate study in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh covers a wide range of geographical and topical specialties in all four subfields of anthropology (social and cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics). Three special programs focus academic activities around particular faculty strengths—archaeology of complex societies; medical anthropology; ethnicity, nationalism and the state—and are joined by a newly enhanced graduate program in physical anthropology. All four paths of study are embedded in a context of anthropological training of broad theoretical and geographical scope. Slightly over half the graduate students in the department concentrate their efforts in one of these four flagship programs; the rest pursue a variety of interests across the full range of anthropology.

For more information on graduate studies in Anthropology, please contact one of our graduate student liasons, faculty advisors, or graduate administrators. For further information on the depth and breadth of our graduate student community, please see a complete list of active graduate students in Anthropology, and a list of recent Dissertations and Thesis.

The MA in Anthropology

Completion of a master's degree takes approximately two years. View more information on MA requirements »

The PhD in Anthropology

The PhD program normally requires about five years, and is completely separate from the MA program. View more information on PhD requirements »


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How to Apply

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Graduate Student Guide & Petition Forms

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Dissertations & MA Theses

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