As an MA student, you will be expected to complete a set of required courses and a thesis prior to graduation. You may also select from a variety of substantive areas of concentration: advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health and bioethics; museums and anthropology; or transnational and global issues. You are encouraged to set up a meeting with your faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies early in your first year to select your course of study, as the requirements for the concentrations vary.
The Smithsonian Conservation Program at Mason is a perfect complement to the undergraduate and graduate degree in Anthropology, whether focusing on the socio-behavioral components of conservation or its biological ones. Anthropology MA and BA students can complete coursework and gain real-world conservation experience through their participation in the program. To learn more about the program please visit: https://smconservation.gmu.edu/.