Why Study Applied Anthropology at the University of Memphis?

Our nationally-recognized MA Program is one of the oldest Applied Anthropology programs in the United States. With award-winning faculty and significant funding and research opportunities, our department focuses on training students to apply the theoretical and methodological foundations of practicing and applying engaged and collaborative anthropology.

Faculty and students in the Anthropology Department are engaged in individually-run and collaborative research projects geared toward understanding and potentially solving the complex social problems besetting the region, nation, and world.

Major Research and Teaching Areas:

Regional Areas of Expertise:

  • Australia
  • Central and South America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • West Africa
  • United States

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • Nationally Recognized Award Winning Faculty
  • Theory Driven, Career Focused
  • In a 2018 survey of 65 alumni, 95% found employment in related fields or were admitted to post-MA studies.
  • Vibrant and Active Alumni Network & Community Advisory Board
  • Funding Available for Graduate Research Assistantships (Full Tuition + Monthly Stipend)
  • Medical Anthropology Concentration & 3-Year Integrated MA/MPH
  • Opportunities for graduate certificates in GIS, Non-Profit Management, Gender Studies, and Museum Studies

A 2018 analysis from US News and World Report lists Anthropologist among the best science jobs.

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.

Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Dr. Micah Trappmmtrapp@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. Matthew Thomann and Dr. Kathryn Hicks.

Students in the Medical Anthropology concentration may also take advantage of a 3-year MA/MPH integrated program.

Interdisciplinary Degrees and Certificates