Anthropology

Supported Degree Objectives


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master's Degree
  • Non Degree

Required Supporting Documents


  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for degree-seeking applicants. The letters should preferably be from persons who can assess your academic potential such as faculty members or others who have served as advisors; those who have taught courses the applicant has taken or have supervised the applicant in a field-school or research setting.  For applied anthropology, applicants may have letters from employers or supervisors that discuss the applicant's academic abilities, related work background, and potential for success in graduate school. Online recommendation providers will receive an email notification with instructions for accessing the recommendation system during the application process once you enter their names in the application.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Anthropology at Purdue University is a leading-edge research-intensive department with a public service mission. We work across disciplines and use innovative, integrated anthropological approaches to expand human knowledge and address global grand challenges.
    • The statement of purpose (usually one to three pages) should state your research interests and professional plans. The statement should also identify the area(s) of concentration or specialization that attract you to the anthropology program at Purdue and any individual faculty with whom you hope to work. Describe any skills you have developed or experiences you have had, such as publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history, that have helped you prepare for graduate study in anthropology. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background. Our program emphasizes training for academic positions and non-academic positions involving social science research. Describe how this training fits with your career goals. If you are applying for the MS and anticipate continuing to the PhD, you may indicate this in the Statement of Purpose.
  • Writing Sample
    • An academic paper written in English (PhD applicants only)
  • Provisional PhD Research Topic (PhD applicants only)
    • Additionally, a one-page single-spaced summary of proposed research planned for the PhD, plus a selected bibliography with key sources (PhD applicants only)
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • We request that you list in your CV under the heading "Preparation for Research" any research-related skills and experiences, such as: language competence, technical skills, qualitative and/or quantitative skills, lab experience, practitioner experience, previous research, and any other relevant experience.
  • Diversity Essay (optional)

English Proficiency Requirements


Non Degree Program Requirements


  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV

Master's Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements


  • Cumulative Grade Point Average from most recently conferred undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree:
    • 3.0 or equivalent (A=4.0)
  • Master's Degree Required

Application Deadlines


  • Fall Spring Summer
    December 15 No Entry No Entry U.S. Citizen
    December 15 No Entry No Entry International

Program Contact Information


  • Name Talin Lindsay
    Phone 765-496-7428
    Email anthgrad@purdue.edu
    Web Program Website
    Address Department of Anthropology
    Purdue University
    Stone Hall, Suite 219
    700 West State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
    USA

Additional Information


  • Current master's students wishing to be admitted to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will need to apply internally.
Purdue West Lafayette campus