Graduate Studies in Anthropology

Graduate studies in anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi are oriented toward training individuals to become well-rounded scholars and teachers, as well as competent researchers and/or practitioners in one or more subfields of Anthropology (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology).

We offer four graduate programs of study: MA in Anthropology; MA in Applied Archaeology in the Pacific and Asia (terminal degree); MA in Applied Cultural Anthropology in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and Asia (terminal degree); and PhD in Anthropology.


We enroll close to 100 graduate students at any one time. The majority are focused on studies in Asia and the Pacific, and very often have experience studying, living, and working in foreign countries prior to application and enrollment. This wealth of life experience provides a rich program atmosphere, with ample opportunity to contribute to everything from stimulating seminar discussions to world-class research.