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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 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition

    $2,980

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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.
  • Choose between an individual one-on-one thesis research project or a final capstone project completed in community with your fellow candidates.
  • Earn an optional graduate certificate in social justice.

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%

    Work Full Time

  • 92%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • 9 Years

    Professional Experience

  • Most

    Pursued For Career Change

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in three specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

Be part of the community. The people at the Extension School have life experience, knowledge, and diversity, all of which is absolutely critical. I say that in order to honor and highlight the amazing things that Extension School students bring to the university.

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 (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,760

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.