The M.A. in Anthropology is intended to serve two principle needs:
- Preparation for entrance to a Ph.D. program
- Preparation for professional service in one of the three anthropological subdisciplines practiced at Colorado State University
In the latter case, that preparation takes place in the context of the student being expected to develop competence both as a general anthropologist and as a practitioner of one of the available specialty areas. Students have the option, within the foregoing constraints, of developing individualized plans leading to the award of the M.A.
Students also have the option of choosing between writing a thesis or developing a portfolio as the principle demonstration of their preparedness for further study or professional work.