MA in Anthropology

Become a Mason Graduate Student

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

You are responsible for submitting all required application materials by the posted deadline. Review your program's Admissions Requirements and Deadlines before you begin your application. You can also visit our Grad Admissions page for helpful hints on how best to prepare your transcripts and other Admissions materials.

Step 1: Complete and submit the online Graduate Admissions application. George Mason University requires all graduate applicants to upload all possible required supplementary materials, such as unofficial transcripts, goals statement and writing sample, at the same time you submit your application. Online applications require a non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

Step 2: Within a few days of submitting your online application, you will receive an email with your Mason G number (G#). This is a tracking number provided to all applicants that allows us to match your supporting documentation to your completed application.

Step 3: Check your application status and requirements checklist in your application portal. Initial processing takes 3 to 5 business days from the date of submission. You can use your application log-in and password to access your information throughout the application process. Graduate Admissions may send updates or notify you of issues with your application through your admissions portal, so it is best to log in periodically to monitor your application status.

Step 4: For newly admitted students, refer to the CHSS New Graduate Student webpage for tips on confirming enrollment, submitting official transcripts, registering for class and more.

The fall graduate degree seeking application opens September 15.

The spring graduate degree seeking application opens April 15.

Program Specific Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Portfolio Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Additional Information

Applicants to the MA in anthropology must have 3 credits of sociocultural anthropology before applying to the program.

The program also requires a 1,000-word writing sample such as an essay or full-length research paper.

Regarding the goals statement, the key is to  (1)  show how your background studies (in your undergraduate degree, for instance; or current work) 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.  MA students in our program work closely with one or two professors as they complete their thesis or project, so it is important to study the anthropology faculty research areas and publications before applying to the program. A professor’s research area could be a good fit depending on the area of the world she or he studies, but equally in terms of the themes, topics, and/or research methods he or she employs.  There is no page limit but most goals statements run between 3 to 4 pages double-spaced.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission Deadline: February 1

Spring Admission Deadline: November 1

Funding Deadline: February 1

Fall admission: Application review will begin on February 1.

  • Applications for Fall 2024 will be accepted until June 1, 2024. Applications missing supplementary materials after June 1 will be considered until July 1. Applications received by February 1 will be considered for GTA positions. 

Spring admission: Application review will begin on November 1.

  • Applications for Spring 2025 will be accepted until December 1, 2024. Applications missing supplementary materials after December 1 will be considered until January 12, 2025.


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