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Application Instructions and Information

All questions from prospective students should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Please note that our admissions process has recently changed.

Admission to the Anthropology Graduate Program at UT-Austin is highly competitive and your application should be prepared with care.  A seriously constructed Statement of Purpose, an interest in areas in 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 Anthropology Department admits new students only in the fall; we do not have spring admission.

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS DECEMBER 1st.   All materials MUST be submitted by this date in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Application to the Graduate School (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 to apply to the program and to upload materials.  The Texas Common 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.

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)
  • Official report of GRE scores;  the report is submitted to GIAC by the testing agency
  • Official report of TOEFL scores (international students only);  the report is submitted to GIAC by the testing agency
  • Certification of financial responsibility (international students only)
  • Application fee payment (U.S.- $65.00; non-U.S. - $90.00)
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 through the ApplyTexas web site. 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 the letter of recommendation online.
  • A Statement of Purpose detailing your research interests and goals. Your Statement should demonstrate your ability to clearly articulate a research proposal and to situate that research within the discipline. Faculty will be looking for students with well-developed research interests which are compatible with their own.
  • A copy of an official transcript from each university attended. Please note that beginning with the 2012 academic year, applicants will only upload copies of official transcripts. Upon admission to the university, a student will need to submit official transcripts before registering.
  • A writing sample: for students applying to the Ph.D. program, a copy of your MA thesis or report is required; for students applying to the MA program, a writing sample related to your 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, Physical, or Social Anthropology should select Anthropology (major code 606200).  For more information.

Applicants who are applying to Cultural Forms should select Anthropology/Cultural Forms (major code 606202). 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, Linguistic, Physical, Social, Social/African Diaspora or Social/Borderlands).

Degree you will seek
For the application, this question refers to the next degree you expect to earn. Therefore, if you have a B.A. and will need to earn an M.A. before continuing on to the Ph.D., please select “M.A.”. Please select the Ph.D. option only if you will have already earned an M.A. by the time you begin studies at UT.

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator with any questions regarding the admissions process.

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