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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. We are part of the College of Arts and Science on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri. Our university is the oldest public land grant institution west of the Mississippi and a member of the AAU.

The Department of Anthropology at MU emphasizes evolutionary and ecological perspectives. We are interested in answering big questions about human behavior and evolution using innovative methods and techniques.

Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. We do not require previous training in anthropology. We anticipate that you can gain the necessary knowledge as part of your graduate training. Our students have gone on to successful careers in government, private industry, and academia. Many have achieved national and international prominence.

Our faculty rank in the top 15 U.S. anthropology departments for research productivity by the National Research Council, and include a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and six AAAS fellows. Our research covers the globe with field sites in South America, the Caribbean, North America, Africa, and Asia.

Our degree programs use scientific methods and hands-on research opportunities for graduate students. Topical areas of specialization include human behavioral ecology, computational modeling, cooperation and social networks, demography, functional morphology, stone and ceramic artifact analysis, genetics, epidemiology, biomedical anthropology, and zooarchaeology.

 Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Anthropology

Incoming graduate students would be admitted into one of 3 degree tracks:

  1. MA track
  2. PhD students required to complete MA coursework en route
  3. PhD students with MA in hand

Please see Anthropology Graduate Handbook for more detailed information on each degree program.

Contact Information

College of Arts & Science
Department of Anthropology
112 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Anthropology website