KU Anthropology: Graduate Programs

Overview of Ph.D. 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 in Anthropology, students are trained across a broad range of topics with special emphasis placed on the subdisciplines of:

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Sociocultural anthropology

The Ph.D. is tailored to the needs of individual students within each subdiscipline and stresses intensive one-on-one discussions between students and their advisors.

Now accepting applications for fall 2022 admission! Applications are due January 5, 2022.

Click here for information on non-degree seeking admissions.

Applications for admission must include:

  • a completed online application form
    • on the Program Information page, Anthropology is listed under "Social and Behavioral Sciences" in the Academic Area of Interest menu
  • 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)
  • Scanned copies of 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 the personal statement
  • Non-native English speakers must also provide proof of English proficiency. More information on English proficiency requirements and documentation is available from KU Graduate Studies.

GRE scores are not required. Applicants who wish to have their GRE scores considered should request ETS submit their official score report to the University of Kansas using institution code 6871.

If applicants are intersted in working with a particular faculty member, they are encouraged to reach out to him/her directly.

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

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