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Anthropology and Archaeology Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 3 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,900

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Explore human cultures and societies.

Gain a deep understanding of global complexities and their implications on the human experience.

What You'll Learn

Through the graduate degree in the field of anthropology and archaeology you:

  • Build a foundation in the theories and methods of anthropology and archaeology through the investigation of the material culture of past societies.
  • Enhance your understanding of the similarities and differences across cultures, including their origins and their contemporary implications for ideology, religion, gender, land use, ethnic conflict, race, and current political and environmental crises.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, field: Anthropology and Archaeology.

Our working adult students don't need to wait to finish their degrees to start enjoying the career benefits of their Harvard education. Well over 50% of graduates every year report to us that simply completing courses toward their degrees contribute to career benefits.

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 1-2

    Average Courses Each Semester

  • 91%

    Working Full Time

  • 92%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 9 Years

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Change

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take the following three courses. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

  • SSCI 100A Proseminar: Introduction to Graduate Studies and Scholarly Writing in the Social Sciences—Anthropology and Psychology
  • 1 anthropology and archaeology course
  • 1 anthropology and archaeology course or elective (e.g., EXPO 42b)

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and prepare to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.