Department of Anthropology

Application Instructions and Admissions Requirements


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.  

On or around September 1, the Department of Anthropology will accept graduate admission applications for the following fall semester; we do not have spring-semester admission.

The application deadline is December 1.   Students must have all materials submitted by Dec. 1; incomplete or late applications will not be considered. 

FALL 2022 ADMISSIONS UPDATE: Because of testing complications that some are experiencing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE is optional for Fall 2022 applicants to the Anthropology graduate program.

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 (ApplyTexas) 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:

  • Application of Admission completed via the ApplyTexas website.
  • [Optional for Fall 2022 admissions] 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 ($65 for U.S. applicants; $90 for international applicants). If you need a waiver for the application fee, please see the GIAC website's instructions. Unfortunatley, international students are not eligible for fee waivers. 

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:  The statement of purpose should be submitted as a single document that addresses the following:
    1. Areas of interest: Discuss your academic and professional interests and goals. Describe the research areas and problems that you hope to focus on in your graduate work. Identify at least two UT-Austin Department of Anthropology faculty members whose work might contribute to your own research goals and discuss how and why. (No more than 1000 words)
    2. Background and motivation: Describe your reasons for pursuing graduate study. Discuss how and why you came to be interested in the research areas you describe in the first part of this statement, as well as experiences, personal circumstances, or challenges that have shaped your scholarly trajectory. (No more than 500 words.)
  • 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 UT-Austin

ApplyTexas is a common application for many universities located in the state of Texas. In order to apply to our program, you will need to select "Four-year college/university," and then navigate to University of Texas at Austin in the drop-down menu. 

 choose ut austin

Selecting a Major

When filling out the application, you will be asked to identify your major from a drop-down menu.

Applicants who are applying to the Archaeology, Linguistic, or Biological subfields should select "Anthropology."

choose major anthro 

Applicants who are applying to the Sociocultural subfield should select "Anthropology (Sociocultural)."

choose major sociocultural

For more information on the four subfields in our department, please visit our website.

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

You will be asked to identify an area of interest or specialty within your major. For Anthropology majors, please choose between Archaeology, Biological, and Linguistic.

area anthro

For Sociocultural Anthropology majors, please choose Sociocultural.

area sociocultural

Degree you will seek

This question refers to the ultimate degree you expect to earn. You will be prompted to select "Doctorate" as the program only admits students aiming to complete their Ph.D. Students admitted to the program without a master's degree are required to earn an M.A. en route to their doctoral degree. However, the program does not offer a terminal M.A. in Anthropology.

Still have questions?  Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  When in doubt, email the Graduate Program Coordinator for help and clarification.