The Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University is a flexible online program that prepares students to work and minister at the intersection of faith and culture. Our graduates work in social services, cross-cultural mission, education (teaching), and church ministry; and they go on to seminary and to doctoral studies in anthropology. The program provides a set of core classes in the best anthropology and theology, and can be tailored to students' interests, with electives in education, business, biblical studies, theology, ethics, missiology, leadership, linguistics, spiritual formation, and more.
- Location: Online
- Delivery Format: Fully Online
- Enrolling New Students: January or August
- Length: 12 months full-time, 16 or 21 months part-time
- Cost: View our affordable tuition rates. Plus, if you already have a degree from EU, check out our Alumni Discount!
- Financial Aid: Discover our partner grants, military benefits, and federal financial aid options that may be available to you.
- A faith-based approach to anthropology: Drawing on both theological and scientific anthropologies, students are prepared to understand people and cultures in a holistic perspective, including the spiritual aspect.
- Excellence in academic study: The primary theories and concepts in anthropology, as articulated by the most renowned anthropologists, are critically examined and put into dialogue with excellent theological thinking.
- Practical application: Cross-cultural study is uniquely relevant to the modern globalized world. A wide variety of organizations, from the church to business and government, appreciate the value added by a trained anthropologist. The combination of theology and anthropology is especially valued by Christian agencies.
- Preparation for doctoral programs in anthropology: Many doctoral programs prefer a previously earned master’s degree. They may also wish to see a sample of writing, such as a thesis, as part of their application process. This program includes the writing of a master’s thesis under the careful instruction of a mentor.
- Able to complete the degree in one year: The program is carefully arranged to provide students with a full master’s degree in anthropology, relevant classes in theology, and electives in faith-based economic development as a form of practiced anthropology. It is delivered in 11 months, for 33 credits, allowing students to go on to jobs or to doctoral programs quickly
Skills developed by this program:
The ability to do ethnographic research and writing for government, business, and church agencies working internationally and at home.
The ability to write and publish scholarly work that expands anthropology’s understanding of humanity to include a faith-based perspective.
The ability to plan and implement a wide variety of programs in which people from various cultural backgrounds work together, and/or services are provided that take culture into account.
Learn More: Why Eastern?
The mission of the Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology is to educate and train students in the knowledge, teaching, and practice of a Christian approach to anthropology. Students in the program will engage interactively with both theological and scientific anthropologies, developing holistic conceptions of people and cultures. New paradigms emerging from this engagement will enrich the larger field of secular anthropology, advance work being done by Christians in various ministry capacities, and facilitate deeper levels of cross-cultural communication and interaction wherever the work is disseminated.