Graduate Studies

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Our graduate program offers courses and research opportunities leading to the M.A. degree. We offer courses in all four subfields of anthropology: physical, cultural, linguistics and archaeology. In addition, we also collaborate with the university to offer an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in museum studies. 

Graduate work in anthropology is designed to prepare you for teaching or research in anthropology and for advanced study. Students will either take a coursework based curriculum with comprehensive exams in all four subfields, or a more focused track with research experience leading to a thesis. Students who wish to pursue the thesis option are strongly encouraged to email potential graduate advisors well in advance of the application deadline to discuss available options for research projects. 

We are able to offer financial support to some of our Masters students through teaching assistantships, which must be applied for separately from the admission application. 

Graduate 
Advising

Dr. Leila Porter
815-753-5669
lmporter@niu.edu

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 190
815-753-0246
askAnthro@niu.edu