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First Steps for Prospective Students

Acceptance to our graduate program depends as much on the fit between student and faculty interests as it does on student qualifications. We therefore recommend that prospective applicants become familiar with our areas of expertise prior to applying, know which of the four graduate programs they plan to enter (see the descriptions of the Masters and Doctoral programs on this site), and contact faculty members with whom they would like to work. Campus visits to tour the Anthropology facilities and meet with faculty are encouraged. For students who are unable to come to campus, the Department of Anthropology will happily set up video conference meetings between potential students and faculty members.

Graduate Applications can be submitted trough the APPLYYOURSELF Web Portal. If you have questions about application procedures, please contact Kyla Welch, Administrative Officer to the Department of Anthropology, at (801) 581-6251. For academic questions, contact Professor Adrian Bell, Director of Graduate Studies, at (801) 581-6251.

Graduate Programs of Study

The Anthropology department offers graduate training in four tracks:

- Biological Anthropology
- Archaeology
- Evolution of Culture, Cognition, and Behavior
- Evolutionary Ecology

Incoming students are expected to concentrate their graduate work in one of these areas, and are encouraged to become involved in research early in their training. The Department of Anthropology offers both MS and MA versions of each of these degrees, but students seeking to continue on into the Ph.D track are encouraged to enroll in the MS program. All students who have not already earned a gradute degree, even those who plan to pursue a Ph.D, are accepted into the graduate program as Master's students. Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D  will be evaluated upon the completion of their Master's degree and eligible students will be invited to join the Ph.D track.


Application Procedures, MA, MS and Ph.D

Students are admitted to the program beginning in Fall Semester only. In addition to meeting the
university requirements outlined by the Office of Graduate Admissions, applicants are expected to:

(a) Preferably score in the 70th percentile or above on all categories of the General Test
of the Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing);

(b) Submit a current CV or Resume

(c) Provide names and contact information for 3 individuals who will provide letters of
recommendation through the application portal

(d) include a writing sample to evaluate your research, writing and analytical skills.

(e) Submit a ca. 500-word statement outlining professional objectives and identifying a
proposed faculty mentor

Establishing rapport with one or more faculty members with whom you would like to work is not required for your application, but is highly recommended.


The application and required documents must be submitted
to the University of Utah Admissions Office no later than December 29th of the year
preceding desired admission.

Applications are accepted through the APPYYOURSELF Web Portal.


Last Updated: 1/7/20