College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Graduate Studies

Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anthropology are offered in archaeology, cultural anthropology and evolutionary anthropology.  The Cultural Anthropology program also offers a Peace Corps Master's International Program in Environmental Anthropology.  Our program emphasizes a four-field approach through a series of core classes that all our graduates take in order to establish a solid foundation in Anthropology.  Each program area offers specialized courses in methodological, theoretical and regional areas. 

Graduate Program in Archaeology

Graduate Program in Cultural Anthropology

Graduate Program in Cultural Anthropology: Master's International

Graduate Program in Evolutionary Anthropology

Research/Training Programs


Graduate Program in Archaeology

The program in archaeology emphasizes research and training in the prehistory of the Americas including the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to northern California, the Columbia Plateau, the Pueblo societies of the Southwest, Mesoamerica, and the Andes, with additional strengths in South Asia, China, Japan, and Korea. Faculty research employs ceramic analysis, paleoeconomic and paleoenvironmental approaches including geoarchaeology, zooarchaeology, and macrobotanical analysis, as well as well as stable isotope analysis, archaeometry via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and modeling and simulation. Training in extraction and analysis of ancient DNA is available through our Evolutionary program. Students gain practical experience in methods through a group of laboratory training courses unique to WSU, and are exposed to explanatory perspectives derived from evolutionary theory, agency and practice theory, and the study of complex adaptive systems.
Please contact the Archaeology Graduate Coordinator or Student Representative for more information:

Archaeology Coordinator: Dr. Colin Grier,
Student Representative: Vacant


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The graduate program in cultural anthropology at WSU emphasizes three constellations of subject matter within the broad range of the subdiscipline: (1) psychological and medical anthropology; (2) children, family, and gender; and (3) ecological anthropology. Within these specialties the cultural anthropology faculty has ongoing research and experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, Oceania, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The cultural anthropology program offers a general MA, an option to pursue M.A. field research in concert with U.S. Peace Corps service in public health (the “Master’s International” or “MI” program), and a PhD.  All graduate programs in cultural anthropology emphasize the importance of conducting original field-based research as part of their graduate training.

Please contact the Cultural Anthropology Graduate Coordinator or Student Representative for more information:

Cultural CoordinatorDr. Marsha Quinlan,
Student Representative: Katie Flores,


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The program in evolutionary anthropology is built on a strong and unified theoretical foundation in human behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology, and cultural transmission. We engage in laboratory and field research that makes use of computer simulation, molecular, ethnographic, and ethological methods. We have a strong record of research funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. State Department and a variety of private foundations. Graduate students are regularly involved in research and teaching from their first semester at WSU. We maintain a strongly collegial environment with national and international collaborations that facilitate comparative research and a broad student experience. As a result, many of our graduate students obtain experience at several field sites and laboratories early in their careers. Current research projects include multiple field sites in Africa, the Caribbean, and North America.

Please contact the Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Coordinator or Student Representative for more information:

Evolutionary CoordinatorDr. Courtney Meehan, 
Student Representative: Vacant


Application Process

We recommend that prospective students review our research areas and consider who might supervise their research. Prospective students should review our faculty biographies and contact any faculty with whom they wish to work with before applying to our program.

The deadline for receipt of a complete application and all supporting materials is January 10th. **Tip - The WSU graduate school receives thousands of applications a year. In order to ensure that your whole application reaches the Department of Anthropology by the deadline you should plan to have submitted it at least a week or two in advance**

Please review our admission requirements page and program pages for additional information. The application is completed on-line. Supporting documents should be sent to the Graduate School, PO Box 641030, Pullman, WA 99164-1030.

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For answers to any questions not covered in these pages please email, call or write to us:


Main Office Information:
College Hall 150
PO Box 644910
Pullman, WA 99164-4910
Phone: 509.335.3441
FAX: 509.335.3999






Anthropology Facilities

List of Labortories and Research Facilities

Graduate Student Resources

List of our specialized Anthropology Graduate Student resources

Local Information

More information about Washington State Univeristy, the City of Pullman and the surrounding area

Anthropology Graduate Student Handbook









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