Graduate Program

The anthropology M.A. program offers a broad training experience both for students who intend to take a terminal M.A. degree and students who intend to enter a Ph.D. program after finishing the degree at NMSU. In addition to the M.A. in anthropology, our program also offers several graduate minors and certificates. Click on each link to see a description of the program requirements.

Graduate students can earn a:

An undergraduate anthropology degree is not required for entry into the program. Students who lack the equivalent of core undergraduate anthropology courses may be required to take them during the first year of the M.A. program.

Visit the Anthropology Catalog for descriptions of all courses offered by the department, and visit our People page for profiles and contact information for our faculty and staff. Additional information about our graduate program can be found on our Graduate Resources page.

The M.A. Program in Anthropology at NMSU is enrolled as an eligible graduate program under the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WRGP allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) member states to enroll in graduate programs outside of their home state and pay in-state resident tuition. Residents of the following states and territories are eligible to attend the M.A. Program in Anthropology at NMSU for in-state tuition rates: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associate States, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Interested graduate applicants should apply directly to the NMSU Graduate School and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. WRGP applicants must meet NMSU’s WRGP admission requirements and deadlines. If you have further questions about the WRGP program and your eligibility, please contact Lois Stanford at