Best Schools with Cultural Anthropology Graduate Programs

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in cultural anthropology may want to enter a MA/Ph.D. track program offered by Duke University or the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through these programs, students can earn both graduate degrees using either Duke's portfolio format or U of W-Madison's traditional curriculum of research, dissertation, and examinations.

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Schools with the Top Graduate Programs in Cultural Anthropology

1. Duke University in Durham, NC

Duke's Department of Cultural Anthropology offers a doctoral program, but does not have a program for students wishing to only obtain a master's degree, with the exception of their JD/MA program for law students who want a master's degree in cultural anthropology.

The doctorate program at Duke is based on a portfolio system as opposed to a traditional Ph.D. curriculum based on examinations and thesis defense. Portfolios contain research and various essays from three areas of concentration, which can include geographic locations, various cultural topics and interdisciplinary subjects.

Prospective students don't need an undergraduate degree in anthropology for admission into the doctorate track program, but are expected to have some undergraduate coursework in anthropology or related subjects.

Contact Information

  • Address: 103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
  • Phone Number: (919) 684-2813

2. University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI

Admission into the cultural anthropology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison depends on GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and a personal statement of intent. Graduate cultural anthropology students at the school cannot earn a stand-alone Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, rather, a master's degree can be earned while students are on the Ph.D. track. Besides specializing in a cultural field, students will study anthropological theories, history and research methods.

Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706
  • Phone Number: (608) 262-1234

List of Top Schools with Cultural Anthropology Graduate Programs

School Name Total Student Population Address Phone Number
University of Florida 51,474 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
University of Wisconsin-Madison 41,620 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, WI 53706 (608) 262-1234
Washington State University 25,352 French Admin. Bldg., Pullman, WA 99164 (509) 335-3564
Stony Brook University 23,991 Stony Brook, NY 11794 (631) 632-6000
Stanford University 17,833 Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
Duke University 14,060 103 Allen Bldg., Durham, NC 27708 (919) 684-2813
California Institute of Integral Studies 1,166 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 575-6100
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