Combined BA in Anthropology & MA in Public Anthropology

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor's/master's programs. Undergraduate students may complete up to 3 credits for every 9 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied to the requirements for both degree programs. The department that oversees the graduate program the student enters will determine if the courses the undergraduate student completes will satisfy master's degree requirements. Bachelor's/master's students must complete at least 18 in-residence credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor's degree is earned and maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs.

This program allows qualified students to complete both the BA in Anthropology and the MA in Public Anthropology.


  • The standards for admission to the undergraduate major must first be satisfied. Undergraduate majors ordinarily apply for admission to the combined BA/MA program at the end of their junior year. Admission decisions follow the procedures used to evaluate graduate applicants to the MA program. Interest in this program should be discussed with members of the faculty before formal application is begun.
  • All requirements for the BA in Anthropology
  • Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work in anthropology to satisfy the requirements for both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MA in Public Anthropology, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.

For more information, visit the Provost's Website.

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Visit the Anthropology docs page to find

  • Honors Program
  • Internship Guidelines
  • Major Requirements
  • Minor Requirements