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Graduate Programs

The CSULB Department of Anthropology offers two forms of an MA in Anthropology. The program is designed to meet the needs of students who are seeking to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in Anthropology, or those who wish to pursue applied anthropological work locally or globally, or for those who are preparing for advanced academic careers such as doctoral programs.

PROGRAM – See the University Catalog for more details.

(1) GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY MA DEGREE (ANTHMA01)

(2) OPTION IN APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTHMA02)

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Alexandra Jaffe, Graduate Advisor
Department of Anthropology California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach, CA 90840-1003
Telephone: (562)985-2594
Email: Alexandra.Jaffe@csulb.edu

 

Requirements for Admission

Applicants normally must fulfill the following prerequisites:
1. Satisfy the requirements for admission to the University as a graduate student (see http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/html/graduate_programs.html )

2. (a) A bachelor’s degree in anthropology; or
(b) bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper division courses in anthropology, comparable to those required of anthropology majors at this University; or
(c) hold a B. A. in another field, either a social science, humanity, education or medical science one [depending on which concentration they are applying for], with fewer than 24 units of upper-division course work in anthropology and show evidence of strong potential skills in anthropology. Students under category (c) should submit a petition together with whatever supporting materials recommended by the Graduate Advisor, in addition to those normally required for admission [see below]. Applicants in this category may also be required to complete prerequisite courses after conditional admission.
Domestic Students (International students see special instructions on following pages). In addition to their application to the University via the Office of Admissions, including the Student Aid Application for California (SCACC) all prospective graduate students must submit an application directly to the Department of Anthropology.

3. Admission to the CSULB Anthropology M.A. program does not require Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.) test results, but is recommended for prospective students.

DEADLINES:

The University application period for the next Fall Semester begins on November 1 and until capacity is reached; the Department of Anthropology application deadline is March 1st. Consideration for early admission starts February 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

See below for admissions and application requirements.

ADMISSION

Domestic Students

Students must apply separately to both the University and the Department of Anthropology for admission to the Graduate Anthropology Program.

(1) Apply to the university through CSUMentor. More information on university admissions can be found at  Graduate Admissions.

(2) Apply to the Department of Anthropology

The application to the Department must include:

1. A properly completed Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Application Form.Download the Department of Anthropology application.Anthropology Departmental MA Admission Application

2. A formal statement of purpose (of about 2 pages), detailing the reasons why you want to conduct graduate work in the Anthropology Program, what you hope to gain professionally from the Program, and a discussion of your short/long term goals.

3. A research paper or technical report that you feel is representative of your analytical/critical thinking and writing capabilities.

4. Three letters of recommendation from persons well acquainted with your work (recommendation forms are available from the Anthropology Department office or download the document).

Please send the completed application to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Anthropology
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1003
 

The Department of Anthropology application deadline is March 1st. Consideration for early admission starts February 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.(Read below for more information)

International Students

International graduate students must apply through CSU Mentor, the International Admissions Office and the Department of Anthropology.

(1) CSU Mentor: international students should go to www.csumentor.edu and submit the “international application for admission”

(2) International Admissions Office

All supporting university documents (transcripts, diplomas, etc) should be mailed to the International Admissions office (http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/international/degreeseeking.aspx?pID=13) at the following address:

International Admissions Center for International Education California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH 201 Long Beach, CA 90840-0109 U.S.A.

The application period for international students seeking Fall university admissions opens October 1 of the previous each year, and closes by March 1st of the following year.

(3) The Department of Anthropology

The application to the Department must include:

  1. A properly completed Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Application Form.Download the Department of Anthropology application. Anthropology Departmental MA Admission Application
  2. A formal statement of purpose (of about 2 pages), detailing the reasons why you want to conduct graduate work in the Anthropology Program, what you hope to gain professionally from the Program, and a discussion of your short/long term goals.
  3. A research paper or technical report that you feel is representative of your analytical/critical thinking and writing capabilities.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from persons well acquainted with your work (recommendation forms are available from the Anthropology Department office or download the document).

The Department of Anthropology application deadline is March 1st. Consideration for early admission starts February 1st. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.(Read below for more information)

Please send the completed application to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Anthropology
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-1003
USA
 

Evaluation of applications will be on the basis of the above materials. In general, the applicant should have a good overall academic record, favorable recommendations, demonstrated ability to carry out research and to write effectively, and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 if recently a student.

 Last Edited September 28,2015

    Contact us:


    For information or inquiries:
    Department of Anthropology, CSULB
    Location: FO3-305
    1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840-1003

    Phone: 562-985-5171

    The Department of Anthropology Main Office is located in FO-3, Room 305. This is the third floor of the FO-3 (Faculty Office 3) building. The office is open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.