Master of Arts (MA) (Anthropology)

Programme Overview

Duration: 2 Years | Programme Code: 090303

Anthropology is the study of human beings in time and space. The Masters in Anthropology programme is based on an integrated approach to the subject which incorporates insights from physical, social and archaeological anthropology. The programme attempts to provide an in-depth understanding which involves a holistic approach of Anthropology using theoretical and practical techniques.

Masters in Anthropology aims to develop professional competence among students in view of the perceivable need for trained anthropologists in academic and research institutes, NGOs, government organizations and applied sciences. It would also equip the learners to employ anthropological insights to understand and relate contemporary bio-social shifts.

Programme Educational Objectives

  • To have a broad knowledge of theory and research across the sub-disciplines of anthropology.
  • To get an overview of anthropological literature in a way that reveals a comprehensive understanding and a critical perspective.
  • To be able to present critical analyses of research in public forums.
  • To demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze anthropological data.
  • To successfully master appropriate anthropological research methods, including statistical analysis.
  • To collect, analyze, and interpret anthropological data in a way that adds to the understanding of their concentration.
  • To demonstrate a mastery of the design and administration of anthropological research.

Programme Outcome

Upon successful completion of the programme the post-graduate would demonstrate:
  • Knowledge and grasp of the subject knowledge.
  • The ability to apply conceptual knowledge to real life issues and problems.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving abilities.

Programme Highlights

M.A. in Anthropology focuses on providing incoming students with the training and conceptual skills necessary to pursue careers in cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural resource management, social policy, teaching, and community engagement.

Some of the major areas that will be covered

Masters in Anthropology program incorporates three subfields of Anthropology: Anthropological Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Physical/Biological Anthropology among others.

Career Avenues

A degree in anthropology provides the student with basic skills of critical analysis, writing, and cross-cultural understanding, which have many applications in public service or political activism, and in the private sector. An emphasis in sociocultural anthropology could prepare one for work in development, community organizing, policy analysis, and social research. Linguistic anthropologists may work in the areas of inter-cultural communication, language revitalization, and literacy programs. An emphasis in archaeology yields unusually bright prospects for entry-level employment or degree-related careers with one of many Federal and State agencies and private cultural resource management firms.

Entry Requirements

Graduation in any field with Anthropology as one of the subjects from a UGC approved university. In addition, applicants will also have to successfully complete Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission (GATA) and appear for a personal interview.