Best Schools with Cultural Anthropology Graduate Programs

Find two of the best schools for earning a graduate degree in cultural anthropology. Learn about degree types and curriculum formats available at these schools.

School Overviews

Although both Duke University and the University of Wisconsin - Madison offer doctoral programs in cultural anthropology, the programs are very different. Wisconsin's Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology follows a traditional Ph.D. curriculum and requires a dissertation, while Duke's program uses a portfolio format. Both schools are well-ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

1. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

School Highlight: The cultural anthropology department at Duke offers joint graduate degrees with both the history department and the law school.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke University #8 on its list of National Universities. The school's Department of Cultural Anthropology offers a doctoral program and a dual Master of Arts and Juris Doctor program for law students who want a master's degree in cultural anthropology. The doctorate program is based on a portfolio system. Portfolios contain research and various essays from three areas of concentration, which can include geographic locations, various cultural topics and interdisciplinary subjects. Prospective students do not need an undergraduate degree in anthropology for admission into the doctorate program, but are expected to have some undergraduate coursework in anthropology or related subjects.

2. University of Wisconsin - Madison

School Highlight: Students may elect to take a joint major with another department relevant to their field of specialty.

In 2015, the University of Wisconsin - Madison was ranked #13 on the U.S. News and World Report list of top public schools. Graduate cultural anthropology students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison earn a master's degree while completing the Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. Besides specializing in a cultural field, students study anthropological theories, history and research methods. Admission into the cultural anthropology program depends on GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and a personal statement of intent.

List of Top Schools with Cultural Anthropology Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
California Institute of Integral Studies The institute teamed with World Social Forum, making its anthropology and social change graduate program one of the few in the country to focus on activist anthropology. San Francisco, CA
Stanford University U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford #4 among National Universities in 2015. Stanford, CA
Stony Brook University The university's Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) has a 93% success rate at placing graduates. Stony Brook, NY
University of Florida Cultural anthropology students at the university have opportunities to conduct research in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America. Gainesville, FL 32611
Washington State University Students can join the Anthropology Club or gain hands-on volunteer experience at the Museum of Anthropology. Pullman, WA

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