Information for Current Graduate Students
The Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.  We have 13 full-time faculty and over 60 graduate students pursuing projects in cultural, linguistic, archaeological, and biological anthropology, as well as in medical anthropology, business/organizational anthropology, and museum studies. 
For information on our MA and PhD degree programs, please consult our Prospective Students page, or to initiate an application, consult our Graduate Admissions page.   

There are two annual admissions cycles for the Anthropology Master's program. Applications are due October 15 for January admission, and January 15 for Fall admission. 

There is one admission cycle for the Ph.D program. Applications for Fall admission are due January 15.



Important Forms and Documents

Horizons (Graduate Student Handbook)

Graduate School: Downloadable Forms

Request For Graduate Course Equivalency or Waiver

Change of Advisor Form

Request for Graduate Leave of Absence

University Graduate Bulletin

Current Class Schedule (links to university schedule)



Upcoming Events and Professionalization Workshops

Graduate Student Professionalization Development Workshops are hosted regularly in collaboration with the Communication, History, Political Science, and Sociology Departments on the 3rd Friday of every month in 2339 FAB. All Graduate Students in Anthropology are welcome to attend. Attendance for 1st and 2nd year PhD students is mandatory. 


Careers in Anthropology

A graduate degree in Anthropology provides countless opportunities to contribute to research, policy, community development, health care, law, industry, and many other areas. 

In recent years, our Master's degree graduates have been employed as:


Cultural, Linguistic, Biological, and Business Anthropology

Attorney, US Dept. of Homeland Security

Attorney, Feiger Law Firm

Director, Detroit Neighborhood Housing Service

            Owner and CEO, Garmir LLC

User Experience Researcher, Build/Create Studios

Coordinator, Export Control, Wayne State University

Owner, Detroit Denim, Co.

Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design Program, Wayne State University

Organizational Development Coordinator, AlixPartners

Client Analyst, ForeSee

Transportation Manager, PACE Southeast Michigan

Bishop, Old Catholic Church

Senior Researcher, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Ethnographer, Owens Corning

Instructor, Macomb Community College

Instructor, Henry Ford College

Assistant Professor, Kuwait University

ESL Instructor, ACCESS Community

Product Research and Design, Ford Automotive Company

Program Officer, University of Michigan School of Business

Coordinator, Veterninary Tech Program, Wayne State University


Medical Anthropology

Physician Assistant, Henry Ford Hospital

Researcher, Ruth Mott Foundation

Researcher, Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Project Coordinator, University of Michigan Medical School

Disability Resources Assistant, Delta College

Data and Design Coordinator, Detroit Health Department


Archaeology and Museums

Outreach Coordinator, National Parks Service

Archaeological Technician, National Parks Service

Senior Archaeologist, Army Corps of Engineers

Principal Investigators and Staff Members, Commonwealth Heritage Group

Head, Chambers Group, Inc, Cultural Resources Department

Project Archaeologist, TRC Environmental

Principal Investigator, PaleoWest

Staff Archaeologist, Ethnoscience, South Dakota

Planner, Planning and Development Department, City of Detroit

Cultural Property Consultant, US Customs and Border Protection

Director, Art Station, Illinois State University

Assistant Collections Manager, Charles Steward Mott Estate

Curatorial Assistant, Arab American National Museum

Collections Specialist, The Henry Ford Museum

Director, Governor Warner Historic Mansion, Farmington, MI

Educational Services Specialist, The Museum of Flight, Seattle

Museum Assistant, Birmingham Historical Museum

Librarian, Henry Ford College

Guest Services and Programming, Detroit Institute of Arts

Operations Assistant, Michigan Science Center


Some of our MA students decide to pursue PhDs in Anthropology and related disciplines. Presently, our alumni are enrolled in PhD programs at:


Colorado State University

Georgia State University

Michigan State University

Purdue University

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of Chicago

University of Georgia

University of Maryland

University of Michigan

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

Wayne State University


Our PhD alumni are pioneers in Applied Anthropology. Their current positions include*:


Health Research Scientist, Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

Lecturer, University of Michigan-Flint

Associate Professor, College of DuPage

Religious Minister, Jackson, MI

Research Associate, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Wayne State University

Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, Wayne State University

Psychiatric Social Worker, Henry Ford Hospital

Consultant / CEO, Applied Anthropology Firm

Associate Professor and Chair, Health Services Administration, University of Detroit-Mercy

Instructor, Macomb Community College

Postdoctoral Fellow, Karmanos Cancer Institute

Professor of Nursing, Madonna University

Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Research Coordinator, Wayne State University

Researcher, Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto

Chief Executive Officer, Good Sweet

Assistant Director, IRB, University of Michigan Medical School

Project Director, Behavioral & Field Research Core, Karmanos Cancer Institute

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Wayne State University

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University

Cultural Diversity Consultant, US Department of Homeland Security

Social Science Researcher, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Oakland University

Proposal Development and Community Outreach Specialist, Center on Health, Aging, and Disability UIUC

Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ferris State University

Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, Cal Poly, Pomona


*Our program did not offer specialized PhD-level training in archaeology or urban cultural anthropology until 2011/12. The first two Anthropology graduate students to complete a PhD focused in one of these areas graduated in 2017-2018. Both are now employed in universities. The PhD-level specialization in biological anthropology began in 2015/16.


[List updated September 2018]




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