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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. We are part of the College of Arts and Science on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri. Our university is the oldest public land grant institution west of the Mississippi and a member of the AAU.

The Department of Anthropology at MU emphasizes evolutionary and ecological perspectives. We are interested in answering big questions about human behavior and evolution using innovative methods and techniques.

Our students come from a variety of educational backgrounds. We do not require previous training in anthropology. We anticipate that you can gain the necessary knowledge as part of your graduate training. Our students have gone on to successful careers in government, private industry, and academia. Many have achieved national and international prominence.

Our faculty rank in the top 15 U.S. anthropology departments for research productivity by the National Research Council, and include a member of the National Academy of Sciences and five AAAS fellows. Our research covers the globe with research sites in South America, Europe, North America, and Africa.

Our degree programs use scientific methods and hands-on research opportunities for graduate students. Topical areas of specialization include human behavioral ecology, computational modeling, cooperation and social networks, demography, functional morphology, stone and ceramic artifact analysis, genetics, epidemiology, biomedical anthropology, and zooarchaeology.

Degrees Offered

Anthropology, Master of Arts

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 10
Spring deadline: October 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.25 in last 60 hours and in all anthropology courses
  • Some of these requirements may be waived in exceptional cases.
  • Acceptance into the graduate program in anthropology is not limited to students with undergraduate degrees in anthropology.

Minimum GRE scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + QuantitativeAnalytical
Prior to August 1, 201110003.0
On or after August 1, 20113003.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

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

  • Graduate Studies Application and all required Office of 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

Anthropology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

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 + QuantitativeAnalytical
Prior to August 1, 201110003.0
On or after August 1, 20113003.0

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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