Apply to the Graduate Program

The Anthropology department welcomes applications from students with bachelor’s degrees in any field. However, we encourage applicants to gain exposure to all of the subfields of anthropology. Students with a master’s degree from another institution may transfer up to 30 credit hours toward a Ph.D. degree. Students are encouraged to use the Office of the Bursar tuition and fee estimator for cost information. Although the departments requires the GRE for application, we set no minimum score for consideration. Most important in the decisions for admission are the undergraduate transcript, the statement of purpose, and the two letters of recommendation. 

Faculty look for an appropriate fit between the applicants’ intellectual interests and the research strengths of the department. To that end, we strongly suggest that applicants contact potential faculty advisors before submitting their completed applications. Also, if you are a McNair scholar, please let us know promptly, as the deadline for McNair applicants is earlier than the OU graduate deadline.

Not all faculty members can chair graduate student committees. Graduate students (current and applying) should check faculty members' Graduate Faculty Appointment Status and adhere to Graduate College and department guidelines when assembling their committees.

The University of Oklahoma uses an integrated electronic application, available here, for its graduate programs. The Department admits applicants once a year to start in the Fall Term. Our next deadline is February 1, 2018.

The Department will not be accepting new students to the PhD in Anthropology with a Concentration in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics in 2018 in order to develop a new strategic plan for this Concentration. 

Direct any questions to the Graduate Liaison.