Master’s of Arts in the Professional Practice of Anthropology


On behalf of the faculty and staff of the University of Miami’s Anthropology Department, I would like to welcome you and thank you for your interest in our graduate program! The Master of Arts (MA) in the Professional Practice of Anthropology is designed to provide students with the best possible preparation for immediate movement towards a career in archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural/medical anthropology. The MA is designed to be completed in two years (assuming full-time enrollment), and includes thesis and non-thesis options. 

At UM, we are committed to preparing our graduates to achieve in the discipline through a four-field approach. We foster transdisciplinary learning, since we recognize that anthropologists of the 21st century will likely work in a variety of settings, including those outside of the traditional workplace. At UM, you’ll be able to study and work with anthropologists in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Miller School of Medicine, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, and the Leonard and Jane Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.

We want our graduate students to partner with us in research, and by doing so, we can provide the skill sets and mentoring necessary for them to develop their own research agenda. We offer preparation in grantsmanship, course development, writing for professional publication, and in-depth internships of your own design, among other professional development options. Furthermore, we incentivize and support student research and travel through departmental funding.

Miami is a vibrant, tropical city with a character unlike any other U.S. metropolis. Diversity enriches our campus and our city with many languages, cultures, and opportunities. We hope that you will consider joining us in your next step towards realizing your future in anthropology.

For information on how to apply, click here. For specific enquiries about the program, contact the Department of Anthropology at

We look forward to receiving your application!


William J. Pestle, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
University of Miami