KU Anthropology: Graduate Programs

Overview of M.A. Program in Anthropology

Our graduate program consists of about 20 faculty members and about 35 graduate students. We have an eclectic group of students who have come to Kansas from all over the world. The program focuses on a cohesive graduate student body that allows students to work together in furthering their educational goals while gaining the skills they will need in their chosen field.

With a comprehensive approach to anthropology, students are trained across a broad range of topics with special emphasis placed on the subdisciplines of:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Sociocultural anthropology

The M.A. is tailored to the needs of individual students within each subdiscipline and stress intensive one-on-one discussions between students and their advisors.

The application for Fall 2018 admission is closed.

Applications for Fall 2019 admission will be accepted from Aug. 1, 2018 through Dec. 15, 2018.


Required application materials, in addition to the online application, are as follows:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A writing sample of your best academic work
  • A personal statement describing your academic objectives and professional goals that clearly indicates the disciplinary track of interest (i.e., archaeology, biological anthropology, or sociocultural anthropology)
  •  Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study completed
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or others with whom you have worked and who know your work well
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for departmental financial support (GTA or GRA positions, fellowships, etc.) should clearly state this in their cover letter or personal statement.

GRE scores are strongly recommended but not required. Applicants to the M.A. program are encouraged to contact the faculty member(s) with whom they wish to work.

Please contact Graduate Academic Advisor Corinne Butler with any questions about the application process or required materials.

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