Graduate Programs

The Department offers two programs in the study of Anthropology: a Masters (MA) program in Anthropology and a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Anthropological Sciences. Courses offered in Fall 2014 are listed here.

Masters Program in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to the M.A. degree. Candidates may study toward a master’s in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, cultural anthropology, or physical anthropology. Admission and degree requirements are the same but the course of study differs.

The M.A. Program in Anthropology is designed for students who wish to pursue anthropological training for careers in education or for those whose undergraduate training did not prepare them for doctoral level work in Anthropology. Full-time or part-time attendance is possible. MA students are not eligible for Anthropology Teaching or Graduate assistantships or tuition scholarships. This program is independent from the doctoral program (IDPAS).

Stony Brook Graduates

Students are expected to choose a specialization in archaeology, cultural anthropology or physical anthropology at the time of admission, and will be assigned an advisor who will work with them to tailor an individualized plan of study. After the completion of 15 credits of graduate course work, the student forms a guidance committee consisting of three faculty members (at least two of whom must be a member of the Anthropology Department). The committee will guide the student through the preparation of a thesis proposal and the completion of the thesis leading to the M.A.

Because there is a specialized research component to the MA program, interested persons should contact the individual faculty with whom they wish to study before applying.

Stony Brook Graduates

More detailed descriptions of admission and requirements are given in the Graduate Bulletin available from the Graduate School. Interested students may also contact the director of the Masters program or the graduate program coordinator for details. Application can be made on-line through the Graduate School

Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Anthropological Sciences

The doctoral program of the Department of Anthropology is subsumed within the Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS). The IDPAS is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program leading to the Ph.D. degree that draws upon faculty and resources from the departments of Anthropology, Anatomical Sciences, Asian and Asian American Studies, Ecology and Evolution, Geosciences, and History. The goal of the IDPAS is to train students for careers in research and teaching in physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Students in the Ph.D. program who have already been advanced to candidacy may, upon petition, receive a master’s degree without submitting a master’s thesis.

IDPAS has long been rated as one of the top-ranked Anthropology Programs in the United States, as assessed by the National Research Council using objective measures of scholarly productivity. The IDPAS success rate at graduate outplacement is currently 93%.

Details on the IDPAS program, including its faculty, facilities, and admission process are provided on the IDPAS web page. Interested students may also contact the director of IDPAS or the graduate program coordinator for details. Descriptions of admission and requirements are also given in the Graduate Bulletin available from the Graduate School. Application can be made on-line through the Graduate School.

Currently, the IDPAS is unable to deliver a full curriculum in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Thus, for the time being, the IDPAS will not accept any applications for the socio-cultural track. Students interested in Socio-Cultural Anthropology should apply to other programs.

Director of the Ph.D. Program (IDPAS)
Katheryn Twiss
Phone: (631) 632-1539
Director of the Masters Program
David Hicks
Phone: (631) 632-7617
Graduate Program Coordinator
Jean Moreau
Phone: (631) 632-7606