Pursue Graduate Studies in Anthropology

Pursuing a graduate degree in anthropology will give you the experiences and skill sets that are uniquely qualified to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Students at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians

Students at Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians

Demand for anthropologists is on the rise. Technology is creating new frontiers of human behavior. Our economy and social landscapes are becoming increasingly international and diverse. Historical, biological, and linguistic approaches to cultural perspectives have become paramount to academic institutions, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and governments the world over.

Your graduate degree in anthropology will provide a great footing to make necessary contributions toward the world’s most pressing issues.

In our program, you will be trained in broad anthropological approaches, and will also have the opportunity to focus on one of several strengths of our department.

  • Public Archaeology
  • Urban Anthropology
  • International Development
  • Globalization
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Museum Studies

What Anthropology Did for Me?

“I graduated from the IUPUI Department of Anthropology with my MA in Applied Anthro in 2020. I am currently a Qualitative Analyst working in Health Services Research and Development at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, here in Indianapolis. In my work I apply qualitative methods (e.g. ethnographic and observation methods, interviewing, surveys, focus groups, and more), and data management skills for improving health care and health practices for veterans and VA medical centers across the country.”

“The IUPUI Anthro Department’s brilliant staff and applied focus to not only learn theory and methods, but to provide opportunities to practice them in solving real-world problems gace me the skills to be successful in my work in helping to improve healthcare for Veterans across the country.”
– Sean Baird, ‘20 M.A. Applied Anthropology

Careers for Applied Anthropologists

In today’s rapidly changing world, applied anthropologists are contributing to a range of areas such as healthcare, international development, cultural resource management, urban planning and others.

  • Hospitals
  • Social service agencies
  • Health clinics
  • City planning and community development agencies
  • Historical societies
  • Museums
  • State archaeology offices
  • Private contractors

More Info

Contact graduate program director, Dr. Paul Mullins.