KU Anthropology: Graduate Programs

The Department of Anthropology is transitioning to a Ph.D. only program, to be effective for Fall 2019. 

The new program is expected to include an MA option along the way. All graduate applicants will apply directly to the Ph.D. program. 


The application for Fall 2019 is closed.

Applications for Fall 2020 admission will open on Aug. 1, 2019.

Click here for information on non-degree seeking admissions.


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.

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.
  • Non-native English speakers must also provide proof of English proficiency. More information on English proficiency requirements and documentation is available from Graduate Studies.

GRE scores are strongly recommended but not required. Applicants 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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