MA Applied Anthropology Info for Incoming Students

If you have just been accepted into the program – congratulations! Here is what’s next:

  • At your earliest convenience, please email the MA program ( to let us know if you plan to attend.
  • If you have not already, you should shortly be receiving a paper letter in the mail that acknowledges your application and provides instructions on how to log in to the HSU Student Center. Once you have log-in access, you can find the log in link at the top of the HSU homepage. Once you log in, you can navigate to the Student Center where you will be able to see a list of any outstanding application materials you might need. Be sure to promptly complete any items on the “To Do” list. Please contact Graduate Studies if you have questions about this material, or if you do not receive your log in information.
  • Once your application is complete, you will receive a paper letter in the mail with an official offer of admission as well as information on how to complete other pre-term requirements. Around this time you will also be able to log in to the Student Center and officially accept admissions.
  • Once you accept admission (through the Student Center), you may be assigned an initial academic advisor, or this may happen after the Summer Institute. Your advisor will be chosen based on your area of interest and faculty availability and may change during/after the Summer Institute based on thesis focus. Your advisor will serve as your thesis chair.
  • If you have not done so already, be sure to apply for financial aid if you are eligible and so desire. Application deadlines are well in advance of the program starting. Please see Finances & Awards for more information.
  • If you have not done so already, be sure to apply for HSU Anthropology Department Scholarships by April 15. Please see Finances & Awards for more information.
  • After confirming acceptance, it is time to start planning accommodations for the on-campus Institute if you have not done so already. See the Class Schedule for detailed dates and registration information. 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.
  • Students expecting a financial aid award for the Fall may be able to request a fee deferment from the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement (CEEGE) if necessary to arrange payment at a later date before the Institute. Please inquire at the CEEGE Office (Student Business Services, 2nd floor), or call (707) 826-3731.
  • After logging in to HSU, one of the resources (menu in top right) will be Canvas. Canvas is our online course delivery system where you can find discussion forums as well as course pages with syllabi, etc… Be sure to go to the course Canvas page to view course materials and assignments, which will be available prior to the start of classes. Several preparatory assignments will need to be completed by the beginning of the on-campus institute.

Are you wondering what you can do to prepare?

A great (and exciting) way to start the program on track would be to start thinking about the topic that you would like to explore for your MA thesis/exam! You may have already identified a specific topic/project in your statement of purpose, or you may still be refining your ideas. Please take some time prior to the Summer Institute to consider research areas you are interested in. When coming up with ideas, it might help to briefly list for each: (1) Your questions/hypotheses; (2) What methods could address your questions; (3) What elective courses/internship experiences might be useful for such a project; and (4) If the project could be completed within a reasonable timeframe. You do not need to have your thesis topic solidified before the program, but it will be useful to have a strong idea of what direction you are heading, and some potential thesis ideas on hand. Have fun with this!

Another way to start preparing for the program in general is to work on collecting articles that relate to you area of interest. These will come in handy when you start building your annotated bibliography and research proposal later in the program.

Contact Us

Mary Scoggin
Anthropology Department Chair & Graduate Coordinator
Email: ms34 (at) 

Graduate Admissions
Phone: 707.826.6250
Email: apply (at)

HSU Graduate Studies
Phone: 707.826.3949
Email: tef21 (at)