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The ABFA certifies individual practitioners; it does not accredit universities or educational programs.

There are many universities that offer a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in Physical/Biological Anthropology. Any program with an emphasis on Forensic Anthropology and the opportunity for hands-on training will best prepare graduates for a career in Forensic Anthropology. Although not an exhaustive list of all available programs in Physical/Biological Anthropology, the following programs (masters or PhD) include an ABFA Diplomate on the Faculty.

Binghamton University (SUNY) (Binghamton, NY)

Faculty: Liz DiGangi, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS in Biomedical Anthropology

Boston University (Boston, MA)

Faculty: James Pokines, PhD, D-ABFA; Sean Tallman, PhD; Murray Marks, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS, Forensic Anthropology

California State University – Chico (Chico, CA)

Faculty: Eric Bartelink, PhD, D-ABFA; Colleen Milligan, PhD, D-ABFA; Ashley Kendell, PhD

Graduate program: MA, Anthropology


Des Moines University (Des Moines, IA)

Faculty: Heather Garvin, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS, Anatomy – Thesis track, Forensic Anthropology focus

Florida Gulf Coast University (Fort Myers, FL)

Faculty: Heather Walsh-Haney, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS, Forensic Studies, concentration in Human Identity and Trauma Analysis

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)

Faculty: Anthony Falsetti, PhD, D-ABFA; Angi Christensen, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS, Forensic Science


Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)

Faculty: Ginesse Listi, PhD, D-ABFA; Teresa Wilson, PhD

Graduate program: MA, PhD Anthropology

Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA)

Faculty: Dennis Dirkmaat, PhD, D-ABFA; Joe Adserias-Garriga, PhD; Luis Cabo-Perez, MS

Graduate program: MS, Anthropology, Forensic and Biological track; Graduate certificate program in Forensic and Biological Anthropology


North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Faculty: Ann Ross, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: PhD, Biology with concentration in forensic sciences

Radford University (Radford, VA)

Faculty: Donna Boyd, PhD, D-ABFA

Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology


Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Faculty: Todd Fenton, PhD, D-ABFA; Joseph Hefner, PhD, D-ABFA; Carolyn Isaac, PhD

Graduate program: PhD, Physical Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology specialty


Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)

Faculty: Hugh Berryman, PhD, D-ABFA; Tiffany Saul, PhD

Undergraduate degree: BA and BS, Anthropology; Minor in Forensic Anthropology


Texas State University – San Marco (San Marco, TX)

Faculty: Michelle Hamilton, PhD, D-ABFA; Tim Gocha, PhD; Kate Spradley, PhD; Daniel Wescott, PhD

Graduate program: MA, Anthropology; PhD, Applied Anthropology

University of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)

Faculty: Krista Latham, PhD, D-ABFA; Stephen Nawrocki, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MS, Human Biology

University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Lincoln, NE)

Faculty: William Belcher, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MA, Forensic Anthropology

University of Nevada – Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

Faculty: Jennifer Byrnes, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MA and PhD, Anthropology

University of Nevada – Reno (Reno, NV)

Faculty: Marin Pilloud, PhD, D-ABFA; Kyra Stull, PhD, D-ABFA; G. Richard Scott, PhD

Graduate program: MA, Anthropology, Biological Anthropology track; PhD, Anthropology, Biological Anthropology track

University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

Faculty: Jonathan Bethard, PhD, D-ABFA; Erin Kimmerle, PhD

Graduate program: PhD, Anthropology; Concentration in archaeological and forensic sciences

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN)

Faculty: Joanne Devlin, PhD, D-ABFA; Lee Meadows Jantz, PhD; Amy Mundorff, PhD; Dawnie Steadman, PhD, D-ABFA; Giovanna Vidoli, PhD

Graduate program: MA, Anthropology; PhD, Anthropology 

University of West Florida (Pensacola, FL)

Faculty: Allysha Winburn, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate program: MA, Anthropology

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)

Faculty: Tal Simmons, PhD, D-ABFA

Graduate degree: MS, Forensic Science

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