Master Program in Anthropology

Master Program in Anthropology

            Master Program in Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia is to start in the fall of 2016 by the Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic #331/1 dated 17.03.2016 (LD150000997).

            Master Program in Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia is a unique and the only master program in the field of anthropology in Kyrgyzstan and the region of Central Asia that trains professional anthropologists. To enter this Master Program, you are required to have an undergraduate degree in social sciences.

            It is a two-year program that offers a Master Degree in three areas of specialization:


Urbanization, Migration and Multiculturalism

Today more than half of world’s population lives in urban areas and it is expected that by 2050 this figure will reach 70%. The future of our planet is definitely urban. Cities today grow mostly as the result of migration: never in the history of humankind, were people as mobile as they are now. The result of urbanization and migration is the super-diversity of cultures and social practices in the contemporary city. Our Master Program will help you understand how cities function, how global migration flows are formed and how diverse cultures of the world co-exist in one economic, political and social urban space. You can become a first-class specialist in urban development, migration and policies of multiculturalism and work in Central Asia or in any large city in the world.


International development

Today development specialists are always in demand: both in international organizations/NGO sector and in the state and local governance. In this program, you will have a chance to learn about the main theories of development and study specific development topics, such as poverty, community development, sustainable development, gender in development, etc. We will also teach you the practice of development work: project management, grant writing, and working with donors, state authorities and local communities. As a graduate you can help people and work in the sphere of development not only in Central Asia, but also in other developing countries or in the headquarters of international organizations in the West.


Professional Methods and Techniques

In this program we will help you become a highly qualified researcher with strong theoretical foundations and complete set of research instruments. You will learn how to conduct anthropological and ethnographic research and to creatively combine it with research methods from other disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, geography and urban studies, using the latest research technology. With such skills you can either continue your career in academy or become an applied researcher in the government, international organizations and business consulting companies.


In order to enter the Master Program in Anthropology, you must submit:

  1. Filled application form. AUCA Admission Application Form available at
  2. Copy of Bachelor’s Degree or Specialist Diploma or if currently enrolled in university, a certificate certifying that an applicant is in the last year (Note: Upon admission to AUCA, the original copy of Bachelor's Degree / Specialist Diploma or confirmation of degree completion must be submitted to the Office of Admissions).
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. English language proficiency. For English Proficiency, students must take one of the following exams:
  • AUCA English Language Proficiency Test (minimum requirement: 480);
  • Official TOEFL Certificate (minimum TOEFL requirement: 54 internet (iBT); 480 paper-based test (PBT);
  • Official IELTS Certificate (minimum IELTS requirement: 5.0).

Applicants are exempt if

  • English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate institution;
  • Applicants have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university not more than 5 years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

Successful applicants whose English Proficiency exam scores are lower than the minimum requirements may be admitted conditionally and required to complete an Intensive English Language course prior to the start of the program.

  1. Statement of Purpose (approximately 500 words describing your interests, career and academic objectives and ambitions in the field of anthropology, and how the MA programs in Anthropology can help you to achieve those goals).
  2. Two recommendation letters (from professors or other individuals familiar with the student's intellectual abilities).
  3. Copy of passport information pages and for non-Kyrgyz citizens living in Kyrgyzstan, a copy of the Kyrgyz Republic visa page (international students must check in with the Student Visa and Registration Coordinator within 2 days of arrival to submit copies of their Kyrgyz Visa and complete Ministry of Foreign Affairs registration paperwork).
  4. 2 photographs (3 x 4 cm).



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