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Admission in Anthropology for PhD 

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 10
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.5 in previous graduate work
  • Master’s degree

A faculty who is a member of the doctoral faculty must agree, as a condition of admission, to accept the student as a PhD advisee. These qualifications apply to all applicants, including those with an MA degree from this department. Applicants whose MA is in a field other than anthropology will be considered under the policies for individuals holding the baccalaureate degree except that the quality of graduate work will be taken into consideration.

Minimum GRE scores

When did you take the GRE? Verbal + Quantitative Analytical
Prior to August 1, 2011 1000 3.0
On or after August 1, 2011 300 3.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

Submit all of the following through the Graduate Studies online application:

  • Graduate Studies Application and all required Graduate Studies documents
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose: 1—3 pages, addressing your background and research interests in Anthropology. (Upload to the Statement of Purpose section of your application).
  • Resume/Vitae: Please make sure to include the start and end date of all employment and teaching experience. (Upload to the Resume/Vita section of your application).
  • Recommendation Letters: Three academic recommendations are required and must be submitted by the recommender, either through the online application or mailed/emailed directly to the Department of Anthropology.
  • Writing Sample

Submit the following documents to the Department of Anthropology:

  • Official Test Information (GRE/TOEFL): You may upload test score reports to the “Tests” section of the application to expedite review of your application by the Department of Anthropology. Official copies of all test scores need to be mailed to the Department.  (Department code 1701; MU code 6875)

Mailing Address:      
Department of Anthropology
University of Missouri
112 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Admission Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
112 Swallow Hall
Columbia, MO 65211