Our Masters and PhD programs meet a growing demand for anthropologists with advanced training in applied research. Graduates from our programs go on to careers in academia and a large variety of other areas, including government agencies (e.g., the Bureau of Land Management and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration); the non-profit sector (e.g., Oxfam and the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission); tribal groups around the country; and the private sector.
For more information on our programs, read on. To apply, use these links for our Masters and PhD programs.
Consistent Financial Support
We aim to provide our students with highly valuable Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions while they are taking classes and meeting other degree requirements. Each term, 35-40 Anthropology graduate students receive GTA positions, and 90-95% of our students receive the maximum number of terms of GTA support from our program. GTA positions come with a full tuition waiver, stipend (at the .3 FTE level), and health benefits. Masters students are eligible for up to 6 terms (2 full academic years) of GTA support, and PhD students are eligible for up to 12 terms (4 full academic years) of support. We also help our students obtain other forms of financial support, including grants, fellowships and scholarships, made available by sources within and beyond Oregon State University.
Our graduate students receive close mentoring from faculty and others, and are presented with various research opportunities while at Oregon State University. They succeed in academic, workplace, and community settings, often in collaboration with colleagues from a diverse range of disciplines, including Forestry, Agriculture, Engineering, Public Health, and others. They complete internships and use their training in real world settings, making connections that improve their employment prospects after graduation.
In just the past few years, Masters and PhD students in our program have received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation and Fulbright, Dissertation Improvement Grants from NSF, and awards from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund. Our students have authored peer-reviewed publications and reports for various agencies, and presented research at academic conferences. They have obtained extensive teaching experience both online and in classroom settings, garnering annual awards for their contributions to educating our diverse undergraduate student body. They have also provided crucial service to various communities and organizations within and beyond our university.
Welcoming and Valuing Diversity
The Anthropology program at Oregon State is an integral part of the School of Language, Culture, & Society. Together with colleagues in Ethnic Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and World Languages and Cultures, we champion a brand of scholarship that engages themes of social and environmental justice. OSU Anthropology values the diversity of backgrounds within our graduate student body, and we strive to enhance that diversity. We aim to foster a community that is dedicated to the constructive exchange of diverse viewpoints and forms of knowledge, in which all feel heard, seen, and valued. This welcoming of diversity strengthens our program and contributes to the success of our students.
We support and invite prospective students to learn more about OSU's office of Diversity and Cultural Engagement, the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center, the Ettihad Cultural Center, the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center, the Centro Cultural César Chávez, the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, the Pride Center, and the Women's Center.
Our program’s and Oregon State University’s support for students with DACA, undocumented students, and students from mixed-immigration status families is unwavering. You can find more information on OSU’s policies here. If you are an undocumented or DACAmented student interested in the graduate program in applied anthropology, you are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Melissa Cheyney who will be interim while Dr. Kenneth Maes is on sabbatical, to find answers to questions about what Oregon State University will do to support you.
To apply, use these links for our Masters and PhD programs.