We offer a flexible and individualized master’s program with concentrations in archaeology, historical archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and Japanese Studies. The curriculum is core-light, flexible and individualized to meet the diverse and changing needs of our graduates. Many of our students also earn graduate certificates in our allied programs: Geographic Information Systems, Women’s and Gender Studies, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Our program is appropriate for students who want to enter the job market after completing the MA/MS and well as those who want to continue their studies at the PhD level.
Our program includes:
- the traditional MA/MS program in which students take required and elective courses and complete an Master's thesis. Thesis progression and completion for anthropology students are outlined on the Thesis Requirements page.
- a Master's program in Applied Community and Economic Development (ACED) and Anthropology for students with prior qualifying development experience. Coordinated in conjunction with the Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development, the ACED/Anthropology Program includes an interdisciplinary curriculum of required courses in both applied community/economic development and cultural anthropology. These ACED Fellows and Peace Corps Fellows in anthropology then complete an 11-month paid internship as well as a Master's Thesis or Capstone Project. Students must apply via the Stevenson Center and the deadline is February 1 for Fall admissions.
- a dual degree Master's program with Nihon University in Japan, where students can earn degrees in Anthropology from both institutions. Students pursue an individualized curriculum for one year at Illinois State and one year in Japan. Interested students should contact Dr. Nobuko Adachi for current openings and requirements in this program.
We offer a number of full tuition waivers and graduate assistantships (both for teaching and research). T he application deadline is February 1 .