PhD Admissions


Applicants must meet Graduate School Requirements plus the following departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:

  1. A general master’s degree in anthropology or equivalent preparation without the master’s degree. An applicant with a master’s degree in another field may be admitted if the student has a grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in graduate work and is approved by the departmental Graduate Admissions Committee.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. A writing sample such as a relevant term paper, article submission, etc.
  4. Submission of scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

The department assigns each PhD student to a major professor. This assignment is based on the congruence of the applicant’s interest and the expertise of the major professor. No applicant will be admitted to the program unless a faculty member agrees to serve as major professor.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty member they wish to work with prior to applying to the program. The applicant’s statement of purpose should identify his or her proposed major professor.

Application deadlines for admission to the program are January 15th for the following fall semester and September 15th for the following spring semester. Applicants requesting financial assistance may have other deadlines to be considered eligible. Contact the department’s graduate advisor for specific financial aid deadlines.

For more information please contact the graduate advisor:

J. Patrick Gray
Sabin Hall 337
Phone: 414-229-4822


A student who receives the master’s degree must formally reapply for admission to the Graduate School before continuing studies toward the PhD.