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Graduate Admissions Procedure

Once you have read the Information for Prospective Graduate Students, determined that the University of Oregon is the best fit for you, and made contact with a potential advisor, you can begin preparing your application. The following information will help you start this process.


  • Fall 2016 application deadline is closed. 
  • Fall 2017 applications will be accepted through December 15, 2016.

In order to apply to the graduate program, please complete the following two steps. Additionally, International students must fill out the International Financial Statement (see below). Please follow instructions carefully. When indicating area of interest, please use the subfield designations of Archaeology, Biological or Cultural, NOT our areas of excellence. This will facilitate assigning each application to the appropriate review committee.

1) Complete the University of Oregon’s Online Application from the Graduate School. The Department of Anthropology will automatically receive a copy of your online application. The following documents must be uploaded (in PDF form) onto the Online Application System:

A Statement of Purpose that describes in detail your interests in the field of anthropology and your career plans. Please limit the length of this document to a maximum of 5 single-spaced pages, but shorter statements are preferred. This statement should describe your research interests and experience, professional goals, how these integrate with our department, and why you wish to be admitted to our program. Be sure to indicate the faculty member (or members) and the resources and aspects of the program that seem particularly suited to your educational needs. This statement will be read closely.

A Writing Sample. Provide one sample of your written work. The sample should indicate your potential as a graduate student and anthropologist, so choose carefully. Term papers, papers given at professional meetings, and papers submitted for publication are common choices.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation from former professors or similar professionals who are in a position to evaluate your potential for successful completion of a graduate degree in anthropology. The Online Application System will guide you through the process. For tips on requesting letters of recommendation, please visit this link.

2) Forward the following official documents as detailed below:

One Official Copy of Academic Transcript from the institution(s) from which you have received your degree(s), sent to the Office of Admissions and one unofficial copy sent to the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology.

Additionally, the Department of Anthropology requires that you send in unofficial transcripts for all other college-level credit(s) earned, such as transfer course work earned elsewhere.

Your Official Score Report Results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores are required for admissions consideration. You should take the exam no later than summer term, since 5-8 weeks is required to process the results, and the scores must reach the department by the application deadline. The codes you need when taking the exam to ensure your scores are delivered to the right institution are: School, 4846; Department, 1701.

These documents should be sent to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Anthropology
1218 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1218

Office of Admissions
1217 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1217

If you have questions about the application process, contact Graduate Coordinator Leah Frazier ( Special Requirements for International Students International students must also complete the International Financial Statement. Click here for a PDF version of this form. This needs to be submitted to the University of Oregon Office of Admissions at 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR  97403-1217.Departmental Support for Graduate Students All applicants to the Graduate Program in Anthropology are automatically considered for Graduate Teaching Fellowships. These fellowships come with a full tuition waiver, health insurance, and a modest monthly stipend. Additional information on Graduate Teaching Fellowships can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Important Things to Keep in Mind During the Application Process

  • Please make sure your name (including name changes) appears on everything you submit so we can match up records accurately.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • The Department of Anthropology does not accept responsibility for postal or courier service delays for those materials submitted via standard mail.