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The Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Anthropology is awarded to students who demonstrate a command of subject matter and applied professional competency in biomedical anthropology. This degree will allow students to move into a variety of health-related professions that require interdisciplinary breadth and depth. Our motto, taken from the first (1954) Harpur College graduating class, "from breadth, through depth, to perspective," summarizes our academic philosophy.

We invite applications from students holding baccalaureate degrees in anthropology, biology, nursing, pre-medicine, public and international health, psychology, ecology, chemistry, geography, economics, sociology, and other sciences and social sciences. All applicants must submit academic transcripts, recent GRE scores and a statement of career goals.

International students will find this program beneficial. There is an emphasis on what is called the "Health Transition, Migration and Modernization in our Global Society." Students from countries in which English is not the primary language must submit TOEFL scores; all foreign students must provide immigration forms guaranteeing financial support. More information can be found from the Office of International Students and Scholar Services.

Prospective students are advised to also consult the Anthropology Department website and the Graduate School website for information about application requirements, application forms and deadlines. Applications must be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

Degree requirements

  • Pass ANTH 501 (History of Anthropological Thought) with a grade of B- or better.
  • Pass with a grade of B- or better 38 additional course credits, of which 28 are specified by the program. A GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.
  • Satisfactorily complete an approved one-credit summer internship of at least 320 hours.
  • Successfully complete an oral examination administered by program faculty at the completion of the second year of study. (There is no thesis requirement.)
  • Required courses
    • Human Skeletal Biology
    • Human Biological Variation
    • Quantitative Methods/Statistics
    • Forensic Anthropology OR Co-evolution Humans and Pathogens
    • Laboratory Practicum OR other lab course
    • Molecular Anthropology/Anthropological Genetics
    • International Health OR Epidemiology
  • Students who have previously successfully completed similar courses to those listed may petition the faculty committee for a waiver of the requirement, and may substitute more advanced courses or electives to meet their credit requirements.
  • There is no foreign language requirement.

Additional courses are strongly recommended, including; Evolutionary Theory, Methods in Biological Anthropology, Darwinian Medicine, Stress Chronobiology, and Ethics.

3/2 Combined Program

Current Binghamton University undergraduate students can apply to the MS in Biomedical Anthropology while still completing the Bachelor degree. Please see the "Five-Year Combined Degree Programs in Anthropology" for more information.

Financial Aid

The Master of Science in Biomedical Anthropology is a terminal master's degree program. As such, funding is limited. However, graduate assistantships may be available through specific professors who have funded, ongoing laboratory and field research projects. Additionally, students who complete the lab practicum may be eligible to work in the Serum Archive Facility on a paid basis. Generally, assistantships are not available for the first semester. Students may also apply for financial aid consideration directly to the Student Financial Aid and Employment Office, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Students are also encouraged to explore opportunities that might be available through the Graduate School at

International students who are from a Fulbright Fellowship eligible country should apply through their home institution for the Fulbright Program.

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Last Updated: 8/2/16