Application Instructions and Information
Admission to the Department of Anthropology Graduate Program is highly competitive and your application shoud be prepared with care. A seriously constructed Statement of Purpose, an interest in areas which our faculty have teaching and research expertise, and an application that is complete and filled out carefully with all necessary information are of great importance. Although the department places no specific restrictions on GRE scores or GPA, the Office of Graduate Studies may choose to deny an applicant with extremely low scores or GPA.
The department admits new students only in the fall; we do not have spring admission.
The application deadline is December 1, 2016. Students applying for Fall 2017 must have all materials submitted by December 1, 2016. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The online application is scheduled to open in early September.
The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) processes all applications for U.S. and International graduate admission into the University of Texas at Austin. U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents should review GIAC's information page for U.S. applicants. International applicants should review GIAC's information page for International applicants.
Applicants will need to use the online application (Texas Common Application) to apply to the program and to upload materials. The online application is the first step in the application process- all other materials can be uploaded once the application has been submitted to and accepted by GIAC. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours after GIAC has received your paid application for the system to allow you to upload materials. Please plan accordingly.
The following application materials must be submitted by December 1st:
- Texas Common Application for Admission to Graduate Study (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only) or Texas Common Application for Students from Other Countries (international applicants) is found on the ApplyTexas web site.
- Official report of GRE scores; Reports are to be submitted directly to GIAC from The Educational Testing Service (ETS) agency. The ETS code for UT-Austin is 6882.
- Official report of TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students only); Reports are to be submitted directly to GIAC by the testing agency. Note: the Certification of Financial Responsibility (CFR) does not need to be submitted until an offer of admission has been given by the department.
- Application fee payment (U.S.- $65.00; non-U.S. - $90.00). If you need a waiver for the application fee (U.S. applicants only), please see the GIAC website's instructions.
The following application materials must be uploaded in PDF format to the applicant's file by December 1st:
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Three letters of recommendation: These must be submitted online. An automatic e-mail will be generated and sent to your recommenders within 24 hours of your application submission. The e-mail will contain instructions and a secure link to their letter of recommendation online.
- Statement of Purpose: A statement of two to three pages in length outlining your reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Your statement should detail your research interests and goals and should demonstrate your ability to clearly articulate a research proposal and to situate that research within the discipline. Faculty select students with well-developed research interests which are compatible with their own.
- Transcripts: Upload an official trancript from every senior college you have attended. Transcripts are not required from junior colleges and community colleges. Do not mail transcripts. For more information, please see the GIAC's instructions on uploading transcripts.
- A writing sample. For students who have attained an MA; a copy of the MA thesis or report if available is requested. For students who are unable to provide a copy of their thesis, a writing sample related to proposed area of study is required.
To upload materials to the applicant's file, edit lists of recommenders or check on the status of an application, visit the following link: Application Status Check
Selecting a Major
When filling out the Texas Common Application, you will be asked to identify your major from a drop-down menu.
Applicants who are applying to Archaeology, Linguistic, or Biological should select Anthropology (major code 606200). For more information please visit our website.
Applicants who are applying to Sociocultural should select Anthropology/Sociocultural Anthropology (major code 606203).
If you are interested in Classical Archaeology please apply to the Department of Classics (major code 623200).
Selecting an Area of Interest or Specialty within your Major
Within the Texas Common Application you will be asked to identify an area of interest or specialty within your major. Please choose from the items on the drop-down menu (Archaeology, Archaeology/African Diaspora, Archaeology/Borderlands, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural, Sociocultural/African Diaspora or Sociocultural/Borderlands).
Degree you will seek
For the application, this question refers to the ultimate degree you expect to earn. Please select "Ph.D." as your final degree, even if you wish to earn an M.A. en route; we do not offer a terminal M.A. in Anthropology.