In most circumstances, it is recommended that you work towards a doctoral degree if you are contemplating a professional career in academic anthropology. It is not required that you have a M.A. degree before beginning work toward the Ph.D.
Some students wish to pursue a M.A. in Anthropology because it will be useful in tandem with an advanced degree in another field, such as the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), or the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Talk with advisors in both our department and your other field of study to determine whether this path makes sense for you.