Accelerated MA in Anthropology

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-MA-ACEL-ANTH

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Anthropology, BA/Anthropology, Accelerated MA


Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Anthropology in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits. Students with both a BA and MA have a competitive advantage when applying to PhD programs in anthropology.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to the accelerated MA in Anthropology, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits and additional unit-specific criteria.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM pathway will be admitted to the MA Anthropology, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.25

  • Completion of ANTH 490 History of Anthropological Theory

  • Minimum grade of B in each advanced standing course

  • Successfully meeting Mason's requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing courses (up to 12 credits with a minimum grade of B in each)

ANTH 531 Refugees in the Contemporary World 3
ANTH 535 Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I 3
ANTH 536 Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II 3
ANTH 555 Policy and Culture 3
ANTH 556 Human Growth and Development 3
ANTH 557 Human Origins 3
ANTH 570 Andean Archaeology 3
ANTH 577 Mortuary Archaeology 3
ANTH 580 Environmental Anthropology 3
ANTH 582 Human Osteology 3
ANTH 583 Human Osteology Lab 1
ANTH 584 Paleopathology 3
ANTH 585 Bioarchaeology 3
ANTH 586 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 3
ANTH 587 Zooarchaeology 4
ANTH 590 Forensic Anthropology 3
ANTH 591 Forensic Anthropology Lab 2
ANTH 599 Contemporary Issues in Anthropology 3
ANTH 616 Anthropology of the City 3
ANTH 635 Regional Ethnography 3
ANTH 640 Applied Anthropology 3
ANTH 650 Methods in Anthropology 3
ANTH 684 Independent Study in Sociocultural Anthropology 1-6
ANTH 687 Medical Anthropology 3

Reserve Graduate Credit courses (up to 6 credits) taken while an undergraduate and will only count for the graduate degree program

All courses listed as advanced standing credit can be used for reserve graduate  credit.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements see AP.6.7 Bachelor's Accelerated Master's Degree policies.