FAQ for the Graduate Program Application Process
You are eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford as long as you have either completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
No, applications will be submitted during autumn quarter for matriculation in the following autumn quarter/in the following academic year (e.g. apply in autumn 2014 for matriculation in autumn of 2015).
You may apply to only one degree program per academic year; however, you may only apply concurrently to one departmental program and to a professional school program (law, medicine or business). Please refer to https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/faq-applying.
Although requesting department evaluation for MA if not accepted to PhD is an option provided in the University Graduate Application, the Department of Anthropology does not offer this option. Students should apply separately to either the PhD or the MA degree program in Anthropology. The department reserves the right to offer admission to an applicant for the MA or PhD regardless of the desired program stated in the Graduate Application.
Stanford uses an on‐line application. Information regarding the application fee can be found at https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/fee. This allows applicants to save data and work on their application from any computer on multiple occasions. The University Registrar’s Office of Graduate Admissions will consider a paper application only if the prospective applicant can show extenuating circumstances that prevent internet access. There is an additional cost for the paper application packet.
Stanford University offers several fee reduction programs. For additional information on this University policy, please see http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/fee-waiver and https://sites.stanford.edu/grad-diversity-council/fee-waiver.
Electronic submission of the graduate application is due via the web-based application by 9 P.M. PST on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.
Applicants are welcome to tour the department and to make an appointment to meet with the Student Services Officer.
Those applicants who wish to tour the campus to learn more about the University should contact the Visitor’s Center http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours/.
Yes, please upload all application articles directly to the online application.
Please upload all application articles directly to the online application. If you need to send supplemental materials before the application is available, please contact the Student Services Officer directly via email or telephone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-723-4641.
The department’s offer of admission is based on the student’s representation of accurate information in the graduate application. A degree program listed in process and pending completion must be completed as listed in the graduate application. The Registrar office of Graduate Admission policy on representation and authenticity is listed at the Stanford Right of Verification policy located at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/verification.
The application checklist is updated manually by the department as “complete” or “incomplete” usually by the end of January. Applicants with an “incomplete” status will be able to view those missing supplemental materials from the application via the checklist.
Applications are reviewed holistically to assess their promise for teaching and research careers. Greater emphasis may be placed on the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Faculty from the Department of Anthropology represent the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee each year – usually about six faculty, with two faculty from each of the department tracks.
Decisions and notifications are usually made by mid-March and sent electronically via email. Please do not call the Department of Anthropology to inquire about the status of your application. The application status for materials received can be checked via the applicant’s web-based account.
Each year, the Department of Anthropology receives many competitive applications to the PhD program for very few funded openings. As with the PhD program, the Department also receives many competitive applications to the MA program for very few non-funded openings.
You may (re)apply to a particular degree program in a subsequent application season. Regardless of a first-time application or a (re) application, the prospective applicant is required to submit an on-line application by the published deadline and pay the application fee for each application submitted.
The Department is not able to provide specific information related to individual applications. The admissions decisions have been based on an assessment of the qualifications of the applicant relative to the unique applicant pool in a given admissions season.
No, the Department does not allow deferral of admission.