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Information for Prospective Graduate Students

Dear prospective graduate student,

Welcome! Thank you for interest in our program. The Department of Anthropology typically admits 6-9 graduate students annually. Admission is offered only for the Fall term except under highly unusual circumstances. This website will help make the experience of applying to our program more accessible by providing information about the Department of Anthropology’s admissions process and advice for successful applications.

If you are considering the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, we strongly recommend you first consider how your research interests fit with the research interests of our department.

Identify a Subdiscipline: Each prospective graduate student should select an anthropological subdiscipline (Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology). Although a core subdiscipline needs to be identified for your application, we recognize that anthropological work today is highly interdisciplinary and an interest in more than one subdiscipline is encouraged and supported. If your research interest is truly interdisciplinary (e.g., Biocultural Anthropology), please use your personal statement to discuss this.

Identify a Faculty Advisor: Like sub-disciplines and areas of expertise, prospective graduate students should identify a primary and secondary advisor. Please contact individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working with before applying to the program in order to determine if they are currently accepting students and to discuss your shared interests. The dialog between you and your potential advisor is very important. In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, it is possible to choose a primary and secondary advisor from two different sub-disciplines. Faculty interests and contact information is available here: People.

Once you have determined that the University of Oregon is the best fit for you and you have made contact with a potential advisor, you can begin preparing your application.

  • Fall 2020 application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2019.  We will not accept applications for Fall 2020 after December 15, 2019.
    • Notifications will be sent in early March
  • Fall 2021 applications will be accepted through December 15, 2020.

Information about the application process can be found under Admissions Procedure and via the Graduate School. Make sure you carefully observe all deadlines and instructions. Please note that your personal statement is very important and should focus on the following information: theoretical interests, relevant classes and/or research experience, and reasons why the Anthropology program at the University of Oregon is the program best suited for your research aims. Be specific! Use your statement to help us picture you in our department.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Need more info?

Please do not hesitate to contact the department, faculty, and admissions officers for more information on the program and the admissions procedure.

For more general information about our graduate program, please see the Graduate Program site.

General questions about the graduate program should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, a faculty member who chairs the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, an office staff member who works closely with the Graduate Admissions Committee and is responsible for overseeing the graduate application process.

Additional information on graduate studies at UO is available from the Graduate School.

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