Admissions - Doctor of Philosophy and Terminal Master of Arts
- Admission Calendar
- General Information
- Department Application Requirements
- Requesting Department Evaluation for MA Program if not admitted to the PhD Program
- Department Application Fee Waiver Petition (Foreign Nationals, only)
- Contact Information
April 2015 - August 2015: Graduate Application period is closed
September 2015 - December 2015: Graduate Application period opens
March 2016 - Decision status is available
The Department of Anthropology offers the following advanced degrees: the Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology.
To apply to graduate degree programs in the Department of Anthropology, please go to the University Registrar, Graduate Admissions web page located at http://gradadmissions.stanford.edu.
For Additional Information about applying to Stanford University, go to:
- Stanford University Registrar Office of Graduate Admissions for information about graduate admission. Please review the FAQ provided by the Registrar.
- Stanford University Bulletin for information about university requirements, degree program requirements and course offerings.
- Department of Anthropology, Graduate Degrees 2015 - 2016 Program Flyer for information about the department’s graduate degree programs beginning in 2016-2017.
The graduate application submission deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at 9:00pm (PST).
Department Application Requirements
- Submission of the Stanford University Electronic Graduate Admissions Application (for PhD and terminal MA applications only) by the published deadline. Please review the information and instructions, for accessing the electronic application, via the Stanford University Graduate Admissions webpages located at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions. To choose an Anthropology graduate degree program, search for the Department of Anthropology in the School of Humanities and Sciences.
- Submission of the Writing Sample detailing evidence of both writing ability, the capacity for research, analysis, original thought at the graduate level, and demonstration of the ability to use theory in relation to evidence. Please submit a 4,500-5,400 word paper, via electronic pdf file upload directly to the electronic graduate application. If electronic submission is not possible, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining the circumstance and make a request for an alternate method of electronic submission.
- Submission of all cited transcripts, via electronic .pdf file upload directly to the electronic graduate application. In addition, an official, paper (hard) copy (two copies required for each school listed) of the transcript is required and should be sent via mail or courier delivery directly to the Department of Anthropology to the mailing address listed below. Transcripts delivered to the Department of Anthropology may be received after the published application deadline if the electronic application has been submitted by the published application deadline.
- Submission of required test scores by way of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) listing the Stanford University Institutional code: 4704 (there is no department or school code, only the University code)
- GRE required for all national and foreign national applicants
- TOEFL for all foreign national applicants (please see the information listed at University Registrar Office of Graduate Admissions for exceptions)
- Submission of a statement of purpose detailing academic and professional preparation for the Anthropology graduate degree program. Please submit a 900-1,350 word paper, via electronic pdf file upload directly to the electronic graduate application.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation, only. Please review the University Registrar Office of Graduate Admissions instructions for submission of the letters of recommendation. Important - Letters must be submitted electronically by each recommender. A private letter/credentialing service is not permitted. If electronic submission is not possible, please send an email message to email@example.com explaining the circumstance and with a request for alternate method of electronic submission. All letters should be received by the published deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to communicate with each recommender to ensure that the department’s deadline for submission of the electronic graduate application will be met.
Requesting Department Evaluation for MA Program if not admitted to the PhD Program
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.
University Registrar office of Graduate Admissions Contact Information:
Department of Anthropology Contact Information:
Web page: http://anthropology.stanford.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Anthropology
450 Serra Mall, Main Quadrangle, Building 50, Room 51G
Stanford, CA 94305-2034