MA in Anthropology

Connect theory and practice to help solve some of the world’s most complex and pressing problems in an emerging specialization within the health-related professions with a concentration in Medical Anthropology.

Customize your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. The Department of Anthropology’s faculty and professional staff members will introduce you to new professional networks in the industries and organizations that interest you the most.

Infographic that says, 10 Skills Employers Want : 1. Research 2. Leadership 3. Professional Conduct 4. Oral Communication 5. Written Communication 6. Global Perspective 7. Critical Thinking 8. Teamwork 9. Data Collection and Analytics 10. Diversity and Cultural Appreciation .

Be career ready.

  • Understand the environmental and sociocultural factors in disease, disability and human health
  • Enhance your ability to listen and communicate effectively, essential skills for success in the health professions
  • Conduct original research on narratives and practices of health and illness, ethnomedicine and ethnopsychiatry, questions of suffering and personhood, and applied medical anthropology

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills:

How much can you earn?

Bar graph, Salary: $99,580, High; $62,000 Average base salary; $36,000 Low.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for anthropologists was $62,280 in May 2017. The highest 10% earned more than $99,000.

What career is in your future?


* Consultant
* Data Analyst
* Epidemiologist
* Forensic Pathologist
* Healthcare Administrator
* Health Researcher
* Medical Caseworker
* Medical Scientist
* Medical Director
* Program Manager
* Research Assistant
* Social Policy Analyst

Infographic that says 108 people committed to your success; 15 Faculty members, 68 Peer graduate learners; 3 Professional staff, 22 affiliate faculty members.

The program you want is offered here.

The University at Buffalo offers one of only four graduate programs in Medical Anthropology in New York State, and the only such program in Western New York. 

The MA in Medical Anthropology consists of 30 credit hours, most of these taken in formal courses, a research project and a research paper or thesis based on that project.

Learn more about Admissions requirements and deadlines.

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