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Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology operates on a biannual admissions cycle, which means that we will not be accepting applications to any of our graduate programs until Fall of 2025. If you have any questions, please feel free to be in touch with our Director of Graduate Admissions.

We anticipate that the next round of applications will be due 15 December 2025 (for studies beginning Fall 2026). All applications must be submitted online through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' admission system, accessible from the homepage of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (hover over the Admissions menu link).

The application form requires you to specify whether you are applying to the PhD or the MA degree track, and we require a statement of purpose, three recommendation letters, and a writing sample. The remaining application materials include the application form, fee, and transcripts. (We no longer require GRE scores). International students from non-English-speaking countries must also provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Graduate School asks applicants to upload unofficial transcripts when applying; applicants who are offered admission to our graduate program will then be asked to provide official copies of all transcripts.

For more information on the required application materials, please see the Graduate School of Arts and Scieces FAQs as well as the Requirements Page on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' admissions site.


Waiver of Graduate Program Application Fee


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity Programs is pleased to offer application fee waivers to US citizens and US permanent residents who demonstrate financial hardship. Click here to find more information about this opportunity. (If you are an international student with a demonstrated financial hardship, click here.)