Our MA program offers students a path to an advanced academic or professional career in one of the three unique fields: Anthropology, Urbanism or International Development. A degree in this major will expand your employment opportunities, introduce you to a complex way of thinking about contemporary societies, empower you with a set of multiple professional skills and give you an opportunity to innovate, create, travel, intern, engage and grow academically and professionally under the guidance of one of the strongest faculties at AUCA.
All students will take a set of core courses from all three fields, but individually they will have the option of choosing between three specializations.
At the completion of this major, you will have foundational knowledge pertaining to almost all aspects of people’s social and cultural lives and you will possess a strong set of research, analytical and professional skills. You will become a specialist, who can understand complex urban settings and work on specific urban issues. You will graduate with the knowledge of theory and practices in the field of International Development and with specific skills necessary for the completion of development projects.
Depending on the selected specialization, graduates can find employment in a very broad spectrum of jobs that employ anthropologists, in the city administration offices and urban planning/design companies, and/or in a wide variety of international and local development organizations, such as the World Bank, United Nations, GIZ, Mercy Corps, the Soros Foundation, ARIS, and hundreds of others in Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia and worldwide. YIn addition, you will have many opportunities to go on to post-graduate studies at the Ph.D. levels in a variety of academic and professional fields.