Why Study Applied Anthropology at the University of Memphis?

Anthropology is a fascinating field of study which promotes cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for diversity, and helps us understand and address social inequality. Most importantly, studying anthropology can help you find rewarding employment. Our 2014 MA Alumni Survey demonstrates the value of a degree in anthropology from the University of Memphis:

Of the 52 respondents, 96% found employment in related fields and/or were admitted to post-MA studies.

  • 90% are satisfied with the quality of their MA education, and over 84% say that their MA plays a significant role in their overall career satisfaction
  • 81% work full-time, and over 60% report that their MA was instrumental in securing their job
  • 69% secured their first full-time job in less than 6 months
  • 42% completed or are pursuing post-MA degrees (PhD, JD, MPH, MSN)
  • 60% of those with 5+ years' work experience earn over $50,000 per year, and half of these top earners make over $75,000 per year

MA Alumni Survey Salaries

Graduate Program Information

The Department of Anthropology offers one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in applied anthropology. Graduate students in our program receive training in core areas of theory, research methods, data analysis and application. Our students successfully pursue careers in government, nonprofit, and private sectors in healthcare, community development, health administration, cultural heritage preservation, and environmental management. Our program also prepares students to move on to doctoral study in anthropology and other fields.


Announcing a New Graduate Fellowship!

ServiceMaster Fellowship

 We are pleased to announce that the Department of Anthropology has teamed up with ServiceMaster to produce a new Graduate Fellowship! This position will be available for graduate students in the Fall of 2017 who are interested in business anthropology and customer experience. The Fellow will work 20 hours a week throughout the Academic Year in a research role within The Experience Team and within the ServiceMaster IT department. This Fellowship covers full tuition as well as a $10,000 stipend.

To apply: Submit your application for MA study to the Department of Anthropology plus (1) a separate letter of intent specifying why you are interested in gaining experience in a corporate environment like ServiceMaster, (2) a writing sample showcasing your research capabilities, and (3) a resume

Please contact Dr. Keri Brondo at kbrondo@memphis.edu for questions.


Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Dr. Kathryn Hicks | kahicks2@memphis.edu or (901) 678-2080.

Medical Anthropology Concentration

Our graduate program also offers a concentration in Medical Anthropology  with topical foci such as health disparities, healthcare systems, and health risk. Medical Anthropology Faculty includes Dr. Michael Duke, Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman, Dr. Kathryn Hicks, and Dr. Ross Sackett.

Interdisciplinary Degrees and Certificates