How to Apply

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All student interested in applying to the MACCP program are expected to have completed their baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and submit results of their GRE’s.

Students may enter this program from an undergraduate major in the social sciences (including but not limited to anthropology) or in the humanities (including but not limited to religious studies or history), or from health fields such as medicine, nursing, public health, social work, or counseling. Fellowship programs at BUSM may offer the program as an option to their Fellows.

The Masters Program in Medical Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Practice has a rolling admission process, and there are no deadlines. We do, however, encourage applicants to try get their completed applications in with time to make their living arrangements and to apply for student loans if needed.

Expected Backgrounds of Students

This two-year graduate program is designed for highly motivated students who are planning academic careers in anthropology, and who are preparing for positions in clinical and other health-related settings. Students will be drawn from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds.

The first category of students includes health professionals planning to apply medical anthropology to careers and practice in health-related fields. In some cases, students may also be interested in pursuing “non-traditional” positions in clinical or other health-related settings. The program will provide each group with pertinent training in theory, methods, field experience, and related skills. Students are expected to show considerable initiative in working with their advisors to design the specifics of their own programs.

The second group includes students planning to pursue a doctoral degree in medical anthropology, in order to seek professional careers in teaching, research, practice, and the application of medical anthropology to formulating and addressing both theoretical and applied problems.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of medical anthropology as a field, the intellectual value of dialogue between anthropology students and persons trained in the health sciences is one of the program’s strengths. It is assumed that the emphasis on the application of anthropological research and knowledge to contemporary issues and problems will foster a rich exchange, broadening the perspectives of the different participants.

Credentials Necessary to Complete the Application Process

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts from all previous schools, including the date your degree was awarded.
  • Personal statement letter of not less than 500 words, describing your qualifications and objectives to this program. Please include research activities and membership in related organizations if applicable.

Each student is required to submit the results of a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a score of 75 percentile.

Applicants from countries where English is not the language of instruction must achieve a score of 600 or above on the (TOEFL), and complete the International Student Data Form (ISDF). Students must also demonstrate interest in the field of Medical Anthropology. Research experience is also a plus.

All applications must be submitted online.

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