PhD in Anthropology

Admission Criteria - Track Two (ONLY): PhD Students Required to Complete MA Requirements

Track 2 students will be classified as PhD seeking students with Graduate Studies. These students will complete all course requirements for the MA, including the MA exam. With the consent of the student’s committee, a Track 2 student will complete either a thesis OR a proposal formatted for a major granting agency that will serve as the student’s PhD dissertation proposal, OR a primary-authored paper submitted for publication. In each of these cases, the student will orally defend the work. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the student will be awarded an MA, and will then be eligible to continue work towards a PhD without the need to reapply to the program or change student status.

Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550
Prior to July 1, 2015 must have a score of 61 Prior to July 1, 2015 must have a score of 500
  • Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1000 3.0
On or After August 1, 2011 300 3.0
  •  Minimum GPA: 3.25 in last 60 hours and in all anthropology courses

Required Application Materials For Track Two Applicants:

To Graduate Studies:

  • All required Graduate Admissions documents except transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation (through online application)
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Writing Sample

Credit Hours Required for Master’s Degree (Track Two Applicants Only)

All MA students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 9 of the required hours must be 8000-level anthropology courses and seminars, and must include at least one content course (i.e., not a readings or research course). In addition to the 8000-level requirement, all students must take (ANTHRO 8010).  Students must also take one (1) course of their choosing in archaeology and one (1) course of their choosing in biological anthropology. Students lacking a basic course in statistics are required to take at least one course, preferably during the first year of graduate work. A maximum of 12 hours may be in non-thesis research (ANTHRO 7990/ANTHRO 8990) or reading courses (ANTHRO 7960).

Admission Criteria - Track Three: PhD Students with MA in Hand

Students admitted to this track will be classified as PhD seeking students with Graduate Studies. They will not be required to complete the MA requirements and will not earn an MA during their graduate work at MU. Upon completion of the requirements currently listed for the PhD program, including coursework, qualifying examination, comprehensive examination, teaching, and dissertation, the student will be awarded a PhD.

Fall deadline: January 10
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum TOEFL scores:
Internet-based test (iBT) Paper-based test (PBT)
80 550
Prior to July 1, 2015 must have a score of (61) Prior to July 1, 2015 must have a score of (500)
  • Minimum GRE scores:
When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1000 3.0
On or After August 1, 2011 300 3.0
  • Minimum GPA: 3.5 in previous graduate work
  • Master's degree

Note: A faculty member who is on the doctoral faculty must agree, as a condition of admission, to accept the student as a PhD advisee. These qualifications apply to all applicants, including those with an MA degree from this department. Applicants whose MA is in a field other than anthropology will be considered under the policies for individuals holding the baccalaureate degree except that the quality of graduate work will be taken into consideration.

Required Application Materials for Track Three Applicants

To Graduate Studies:

  • All required Graduate Admissions documents except transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation (through online application)
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Writing Sample