Programs | Anthropology and Education | International & Transcultural Studies

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In the Department of International & Transcultural Studies


The master program in Anthropology and Education is concerned with the cultural, social and linguistic dimensions of education. Our program offers insight to better understand inequalities, cultural differences, linguistic diversity, and the wealth of human life for educational purposes. We examine educational processes in schools and classrooms, in families, on street corners, in community centers, in churches, and in all other non-conventional education settings.

Anthropology is well positioned to answer some of the toughest questions of education and policy-making because of its emphasis on spending time with and learning from people. The program highlights participatory ethnography: engaging in and observing human activities and conversing with people as a means of improving education and collaborating with local groups and organizations. As one of the only master programs in Anthropology and Education in the world, we offer a unique outlook on how to understand and support diverse approaches to education in and outside the classroom.

In addition to core Anthropology courses, we encourage our students to take courses with other departments and program at Teachers College and Columbia University, more generally. For example, many of our students take courses in the International and Comparative Education, Technology in Education, and Applied Linguistics programs.

Our program offers students related courses and concentrations in a highly individualized fashion. We strive to maintain smaller entering cohorts in order to magnify every student’s experience. Our students choose a concentration that most aptly fits their research or professional interests, while faculty work with students to create a course schedule that support these interests. Below is a list of concentrations that students can choose from:

For more information about the requirements for our Master Programs, click below:

Master of Arts (MA) Degree Requirements

Master of Education (EdM) Degree Requirements

Integrative Project (IP) Requirements


Rolling deadlines for Fall, Spring, & Summer.

For Fall, recommended deadline: January 15th

Requirements: For specific information for the Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education requirements, please visit the Admissions website:

For the required personal statement, faculty looks for (but not limited to) reflections on life journeys, highlights on an applicant’s intellectual passion for better understanding education, and professional goals/aspirations. Students should also comment on why they are choosing to apply to Teachers College, Columbia University. It is not necessary to identify particular program faculty to work with.  


Teachers College strives to assist with tuition for our students. To that effect, there are a few scholarships that partially fund a master degree in Anthropology and Education particularly:

       Margaret Mead Fellowship:

  • Margaret Mead, who was one of the most well known anthropologists in the world, started the program here at Teachers College, Columbia University. Because of her contributions to the field, the program offers a Margaret Mead Fellowship to 3 incoming master students. The funding of the fellowship can cover a variant number of credits required to complete the degree.

               To apply, please indicate in your Statement of Purpose that you would like to be considered.