Physical Anthropology (0113)


The master's program in Physical Anthropology prepares students for advanced study and research in the field of Anthropology with a basis in anatomy, epidemiology, and neuroscience. Research is focused in three main areas:

  1. Paleoanthropology
  2. Medical Anthropology
  3. Genetic Epidemiology and the Biology of Human Populations




Please note that the student's curriculum must be approved by his advisor and the program coordinator. The curriculum consists of 28 graduate semester hours divided as follows:


Required Courses

  • All students are required to take departmental courses in Biostatistics, Lab Safety, Research Ethics, and Scientific Writing. These courses should be completed in the first year.
  • For students who work with laboratory animals, an additional 4-hour course is required in the Ethical Conduct and Care of Research Animals.
  • For students basing their thesis in research from observational or interventional studies, the following courses are required: Introduction to Epidemiology, Survey and Research Methods in Epidemiology, and Biostatistics II.


Elective Courses

  • Students must take 12 hours of elective courses in Physical Anthropology. They can also take up to 6 hours of elective courses offered by other departments in the School of Graduate Studies.



A student must attend at least 25 seminar lectures. The student will keep a record of the lectures and submit a signed form to the Secretariat confirming participation. This form is a requirement for graduation.


If a student attends a scientific conference, it is equivalent to two seminars. Please note that a student will not get approval for more than two conferences.  




Students must submit a research proposal for their thesis by the end of the second semester. The thesis will be submitted by the end of the fourth semester. Students must present their thesis topic within the Department or at a scientific conference. Their advisor must approve their thesis as a condition for completion of the master's degree.



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