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Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology (MA)
  • Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA)


We are happy that you are considering pursuing your Anthropology MA/MAA graduate studies at Boise State University!  You can apply to our program or simply find out more information about Boise State University’s graduate program through the Graduate College website.

Please note that being admitted into the Graduate College does not mean that you are also admitted into your program. You are only officially admitted to your program after you submit all required documents and receive written notification of your admissions status.


Students can apply at any time, but it is recommended that these deadlines are followed for fall admission financial aid opportunities:

January 15 – Priority application deadline to be considered for merit-based financial assistance
May 1 – Regular application deadline for Fall semester admission (financial assistance may not be awarded)
June 30 – FINAL Graduate College deadline (no financial assistance)


The Anthropology MA/MAA program requires the following components:

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College.  International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions office.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (based on a 4-point scale) computed for all undergraduate credits from the applicant’s most recent baccalaureate degree.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  5. Two-page (500-word) personal letter of intent describing your background, academic interests, career goals, and your reasons for your interest in our program.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from academic faculty.
  7. Writing sample of best undergraduate work. (sent separately via email to the graduate coordinator at

Program Admission Process:

Once the graduate college application process is complete, the file will be sent to the program department to be evaluated by the graduate committee.  The admission recommendation (regular, provisional, or denial) will first be voted upon by the department faculty and then be forwarded to the graduate college dean.  The graduate college dean will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant.

Find a Mentor:

Look through our faculty directory to find a mentor that best matches your desired research interests.  If during the application process you would like to include additional components you can then send them directly to your mentor.

Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Kristin Snopkowski, (208) 426-3055