Human Skeletal Biology (MS)

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Human Skeletal Biology program prepares graduates to apply the principles and techniques of Biological Anthropology to a variety of contexts, including those in the Forensic Sciences (i.e., Medical Examiner’s office, Coroner’s office, Armed Forces, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Mass Disasters). The program is also useful training for students who are preparing for admission to doctoral programs in skeletal biology, molecular anthropology, and human evolution.

An integral part of the program is hands-on, semester long professional internships developed according to student interest. These opportunities range from those in genetics (in departmental labs and the ME’s office), osteology and odontology (in departmental labs, NYU School of Dentistry, the AMNH, and ME’s office), and field recovery training (departmental or other field schools). Ideally, student research projects will evolve from these internships into MS theses. Yearly skeletal biology colloquia bring visiting scientists for talks and workshops.

The program is expected to take two years to complete, but can be extended for those working full-time.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See Anthropology for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.