MA Applied Anthropology Finances & Awards

The MA Applied Anthropology Program is designed as a flat-per-unit-fee program to keep costs low and equal for all students, regardless of residency. Program costs for the 2017-2018 academic year are $375 per unit.

Program tuition is the same for California and out-of-state students (out-of-state fees are not higher). Tuition is usually also the same for international students, although additional application / visa processing fees may be applicable. Students will also be responsible for typical program-related costs such as books, travel + housing for the Summer Institute, research-related costs, and computing/internet needs.

If desired, students may apply to HSU Housing + Dining services to explore on and off-campus housing options during the Summer Institute and any other time that they decide to reside on campus.

Graduate Financial Aid

Stu­dents are encour­aged to con­tact the HSU Financial Aid office for infor­ma­tion about avail­able grants, loans, schol­ar­ships and work study. Graduate students are advised to directly contact the graduate student financial aid liaison, Maria-Elena Whaples at (707) 826-5373, or mw61@humboldt.edu.

Please note that the MA pro­gram begins in the sum­mer of each year rather than the fall. Financial aid for sum­mer is tied to the pre­ced­ing aca­d­e­mic year; for exam­ple, Summer 2017 is part of the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 aca­d­e­mic year. For example, to obtain financial aid for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018, fill out the 2017-2018 FAFSA. To obtain financial aid for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019, fill out the 2018-2019 FAFSA (see the FAFSA website for application details and deadlines) – it is recommended that you complete each year's FAFSA the Priority Deadline indicated on the FAFSA websit to maintain eligibility for all scholarships/work study possibilities.

Note: Financial aid eligibility is reassessed when student status changes from undergraduate to graduate student. Students that utilize all of their undergraduate eligibility during the academic year that they start the program may have additional eligibility as MA students for the 5-unit Summer Institute. Graduate students are eligible for financial aid if they are enrolled in at least 5-units (versus at least 6 units for undergraduates).  Please contact the HSU Financial Aid office for infor­ma­tion.

Types of Graduate Support & Recognition

Student loans – Please contact the HSU Financial Aid office.

Work Study – Students that qualify for financial aid, such as loans, are often also eligible for Federal Work Study and Graduate Student Federal Work Study. These are attractive alternatives to student loans, because students gain work experience and lessen debt.  Students awarded work study can obtain positions across campus –  positions are also occasionally available in the Anthropology Department on a limited basis. To apply for work study, please contact the HSU Financial Aid office.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards & Honors – Graduate Studies maintains a list of fellowships and scholarships broadly available to HSU graduate students.  Students must complete a FAFSA on time to be eligible for scholarships and fellowships. In particular, please note these opportunities:

  • Alistair & Judith McCrone Graduate Fellowship Award – The Anthropology faculty as a group will nominate one full-time first-year graduate student, based on academic merit and performance in the program to date. Nomination decisions are generally made at the end of the first fall semester in the program, and nomination materials are submitted by the faculty and nominee at the beginning of the Spring semester. During late Spring, a reception will be held to recognize the nominees and announce the recipient of the award.
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship Award – for information see the SASOP homepage. Also see SASOP links
  • Annual CSU Student Research Competition – This competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University.  Each campus will select up to ten entries to send to the final round at a CSU campus. The Office of Research, Economic & Community Development will reimburse up to $500 to partially offset travel costs for each student selected to represent HSU. The deadline to enter projects for the HSU competition is usually early Spring of the applicable year – view the full HSU Competition Rulesand alert your advisor and the graduate coordinator if you would like to enter the competition.
  • Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student (Graduation with Distinction) – The Anthropology faculty as a group will nominate one graduating MA student each year based on academic merit, academic/peer service, and quality of thesis research. Nominations will be made mid-Spring for a student that is graduating that Spring (May) or that graduated the preceding Fall or Summer term.

HSU Anthropology Scholarships and Teaching Assistantships

  • Scholarships – The HSU Anthropology Department offers a limited number of scholarships to new and continuing Master’s students, usually enough to cover partial tuition costs in the semester granted. These awards are based on any of the following criteria: academic merit, diversity, need, and/or implications of intended research. Students wanting to be considered should prepare one “Anth Scholarship Application Letter” (300 words maximum – open format) describing qualifications in one or more of the criteria. To apply, please submit your letter to the Anthropology Department by December 15 for the directly upcoming Spring semester, and by April 15 for the directly upcoming Summer and Fall semesters (early submission recommended). Email your letter (as a PDF or word doc) to the Graduate Coordinator at appliedanth@humboldt.edu. In the file name and letter, please indicate the term for which you are applying. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the letter of application is received by the deadline and within the word limitations. Important note: This “Anth Scholarship Application Letter” is ONLY for HSU Anthropology Department Scholarships – it will not constitute eligibility or application to any non-departmental awards, such as those listed on the Graduate Studies website or offered through financial aid. Please be sure to apply to other opportunities separately.  Students must complete a FAFSA to be eligible for these awards.
  • Teaching Assistantships – The Anthropology Department has a limited number of part-time (~5-15 hour per week) paid Teaching Assistant (Instructional Student Assistant / Graduate Assistant) positions available to graduate students, for which an hourly rate is earned while also accruing teaching experience working with a faculty member in an undergraduate or graduate level course in an area of interest/expertise. It is possible to TA for on-campus and off-campus (online) courses. Tuition is not waived for TA’ing. TA duties vary depending on course and circumstances, but typically include gaining experience in the following areas: preparation of assignments and exams, grading and providing feedback on student work, mentoring students, and, for on-campus courses, guest lecturing and setting up classroom/lab exercises.  Available positions will be posted on the website of HSU Academic Personnel Services as Instructional Student Assistant (ISA) or Graduate Assistant (GA) positions, and will usually be announced during the semester prior to the position opening. Interested students are advised to check listings regularly and apply promptly. To apply for a position listed on the HSU Academic Personnel Services website, please email the following to appliedanth@humboldt.edu: (1) a current curriculum vitae (2) a letter of interest (400 words or less) indicating what ANTH courses/areas you are interested in, your qualifications, and whether you will be on or off campus for the term in question, and (3) an Application for Academic Employment. After emailing these three documents, fill out a Supplemental Application for Employment.

Other HSU Positions – Additional HSU positions available to students are posted on the website of HSU Academic Personnel Services .

External Funding – Students are encouraged to seek external scholarships, fellowships, and grants. Faculty work with students to review and support any such applications.

Contact Us

Rebecca Robertson
Applied Anth Graduate Coordinator
Tel. 707-826-4372
Email: rer3@humboldt.edu

Marissa Ramsier
Anthropology Department Chair
Email: mas70@humboldt.edu

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 707.826.6250
Email: apply@humboldt.edu

HSU Graduate Studies
Phone: 707.826.3949
Email: tef21@humboldt.edu