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Graduate Admissions

Due to financial uncertainty facing the University of Arizona and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the School of Anthropology anticipates admitting a small cohort in Fall 2021. We will only be reviewing applications of students who have been in contact with potential advisors to confirm that they will be accepting students. Because our faculty are working remotely, please contact potential advisors via email.


Graduate Programs

Please read all information carefully.

Graduate Application Deadlines

The School of Anthropology accepts applications for admission to its MA and Ph.D. programs once per year, and students are admitted to begin in the fall semester only. Applications and their supporting materials must be submitted by December 1st each year for admission the following fall.

Should You Apply to the MA or Ph.D. program?

We offer a stand-alone Master's degree in Applied Archaeology. If you are interested in this stand-alone degree, you should apply to the MA in Applied Archaeology program.

All other potential graduate students must apply to our PhD program. We do not offer any other stand-alone Master's degrees. If you do not have a Master's degree or you do not have a Master's degree in Anthropology, you will earn one on the way to a PhD. Applicants to our program do not need to have a BA/BS/Master's focused on Anthropology, though they should demonstrate a familiarity with the discipline.

Minimum Standards

Admission to our Graduate School is highly competitive. The School generally requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for the MA/PhD degree (the Graduate College requires a 3.0 to apply to the MA/PhD program). While there is no minimum GRE score, most successful applicants will have GRE scores in the 90th percentile range for the verbal section of the exam, although some students will be accepted outside of that range. International Students need not take the GRE but must have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based exam or 79 for the Internet based exam.

How to Apply:

Fill out School of Anthropology GradApp located on the Graduate College website (external link). The application can be accessed by clicking "Apply Now" at the top left of the page.

The application to the School of Anthropology is on-line. The on-line information you will need to enter includes:

  • Contact information
  • Universities/Colleges Attended
    • Any Universities or Colleges you list will require a digital copy of the transcript from each to be uploaded into the application system.  You will also need to provide an official transcript from each institution listed (see below).
  • Digital copies of transcripts from Universities/Colleges attended (for uploading into the application).
  • Standardized Test Results (GRE/TOEFL)
  • Other Institutions to which you are applying
  • Personal Statement
    •  Be concise; an ideal essay should say everything it needs to with brevity. Approximately 500 to 1000 well-selected words (1-2 single space pages in 12 point font) is better than more words with less clarity and poor organization.
    • Although a quick Google search for "Personal Statement" will bring you quite a bit of information regarding the many different ways Personal Startements are thought of, basically, the following 4 questions should be addressed:
      • What you want to study at graduate school?
      • Why you want to study it?
      • What experience you have in your field?
      • What you plan to do with your degree once you have it?
  • Short Writing Sample
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for 2 Letters of Recommendation (minimum)
    • The contact information you supply will generate an email sent directly to the recommender. There will be a link to your application (the recommenders section) and a code to gain access. This is the most efficient and comprehensive manner in which to have a recommendation connected to your application (as there are a few questions in addition to uploading the letter of recommendation). Please alert your recommender of an incoming email from the University of Arizona once you have completed and submitted your application.
  • An application fee

Also, you must send the graduate college a copy of the official report of results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), which must have been take no earlier than five years prior to the application date. (Report Official Scores to Institution Code: R4832, Department Code: 1701). International Applicants may provide TOEFL scores instead of GRE scores if they are not enrolled in English-speaking institutions. Minimum score 550 on paper-based test or 213 on computer-based test. (Report Scores to Institution Code: 4832.)

Additional Notes:

1) Please make sure to use the same name on your School of Anthropology Application, and all your tests. If you use "Jane Doe" (first name/ current last name) on your Anthropology application, do not use "Elizabeth Buck" (middle name/maiden name) on your GRE scores. We have no way of connecting these two so your application will be incomplete and we will be unable to consider you for our program.

2) We have recently changed our system of admissions. We now offer a Master’s degree in Applied Archaeology. We do not offer any other stand alone Master’s programs. If you are not applying for a Master’s in Anthropology, you will need to apply to the PhD. program. If you do not yet have a Master’s degree, you will be required to finish one in the process of achieving your PhD.