Master of Science: Biomedical Anthropology

Master of Science - Biomedical Anthropology

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 or forensics that require interdisciplinary breadth and depth.

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. 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."

The Master of Science in Biomedical Anthropology is a terminal master's degree program. As such, funding is limited. 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.

A professional science master's certificate in biomedical anthropology is also available for graduate students who are interested in developing practical training and skills that will help foster success in the workplace.

For questions or further information, please contact biomed@binghamton.edu.

  • 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 OR Stress, Chronobiology & Health

      • 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 to the faculty committee for a waiver of the requirement, and may substitute more advanced coursesor 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, and Ethics.

  • 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.

     

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

    For questions or further information, please contact biomed@binghamton.edu.