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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 2019 application deadline is closed. 
  • Fall 2020 applications will be accepted through December 15, 2020.

Apply to the graduate program, by completing the following two steps: Complete online application and forward official documents.

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:

  • Upload Transcripts, online application will prompt you to upload transcripts. This upload will serve as the departments’ unofficial copy.
  • 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 the Registrar. The Department of Anthropology does not need an official copy of your transcripts.

Hard copy transcripts should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar

5257 University of Oregon

Eugene, OR 97403


Students who apply to the anthropology graduate program in December of 2020 and who will begin their program of study in fall of 2021 are not required to submit GREs.

Here is more information about the Official Transcript requirements by the Graduate school, click here.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Graduate Coordinator.

Special Requirements for International Students International students must also complete the International Financial Statement. Click here for the International Applicants site for Graduate students for more information.

Special Requirements for International Students: U.S. Government regulations require that the University of Oregon verify the availability of sufficient financial support for non-immigrant students before a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. International students must submit supporting financial documents (e.g., Graduate Employee positions (GE) appointment contract, scholarship award letter) and/or bank statements to the International Student and Scholar Services, they are the office responsible for reviewing incoming international graduate students’ financial documentation.

Students are required to submit all financial documentation (including UO support) themselves, through the Financial Certification & Immigration Form.

Students planning to be sponsored by an agency, government or other sponsor should have proof of financial support sent from the sponsoring agency (e.g., a letter from the sponsor and copies of the sponsor’s bank statement).


When submitting your financial verification documents, please include your full name and date of birth. Documents can be emailed or mailed.


Email form to:


Submit form to:

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


Contact the Office of Admissions at with questions regarding the financial verification requirement.

Domestic Admissions Flow Chart








International Admission Flow Chart









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.
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