PhD in Anthropology

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Prior Degrees Students may enter either with an Anthropology MA or equivalent, from an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s academic accomplishments and potential.
  • Personal Statement Required. A personal statement of academic and professional intent and research interests.
  • Writing Sample Suggested for students entering at the BA level. Required for those entering with a prior MA. 
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 from the baccalaureate, 64 hours from the Master of Arts.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses
Social and Cultural Theory I a
Social and Cultural Theory II a
Theory and Method in Archaeology a
Hominid, Phylogeny and Adaptations a
Graduate Seminar in Anthropology a
  • Preliminary Examination Required, written.
  • Dissertation Required.
  • Other Requirements Students must demonstrate competence in their field research language.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental Concentrations available for this degree include: