Accelerated MA in Anthropology

Program Specific Requirements

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Application Process

Preparing to Apply

Before applying, meet with the director of your undergraduate program and with the director of the master’s program. 

  • Applicants to the accelerated MA in anthropology must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in anthropology courses
  • Students must have completed ANTH 390 prior to entering the program
  • Students must submit two letters of reference from faculty in the department
  • Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae (a resume which details their academic accomplishments)
  • Goals statement should: (1) show how your background studies (in your undergraduate degree, for instance) have led you to want to deepen your knowledge of the discipline of anthropology and undertake research at the Master's level in anthropology and (2) describe the topic or questions your eventual MA research project might focus on. The statement should also (3) describe what it is about our program that makes you think it would be a good fit for you, and (4) mention one or two faculty members you would like to work with and why
  • Go over your schedule for completion of the undergraduate degree
  • Plan appropriate graduate course work
  • Be familiar with the policies for accelerated master's programs 

When to Apply

Mason undergraduate students who have completed between 75 and 100 credits toward the bachelor’s degree are invited to apply.

Eligible students should contact their advisor to initiate the application process. Access the Accelerated Master’s Application Guide for more information.

Post Application

The application is processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission to the accelerated master’s program and a graduate admissions approval letter for the term you officially begin the master’s program.

The official date for the start of your master’s degree is the semester immediately following your undergraduate graduation.

Accelerated master’s students must graduate from their undergraduate program in the semester specified on their application to the accelerated degree program. Changes to the timeline for conferral of the undergraduate degree must receive written approval by the graduate program director. Students must meet the University’s accelerated master’s program policies.

Failure to meet the terms of admission will result in termination from the accelerated master’s program.

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