The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree


Supported Degree Objectives

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

Required Supporting Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose (usually one to three pages) should describe your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study anthropology at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history. 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. If you are applying for the MS and plan to continue to the PhD, you may indicate this in the Statement of Purpose.
  • Writing Sample
    • An academic paper written in English (PhD applicants only)
    • Additionally, a one-page single-spaced summary of proposed research planned for the PhD, including a selected bibliography with key sources (PhD applicants only)
  • Provisional PhD Research Topic (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.
  • Fellowship Essay (optional)
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • TOEFL: Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
    • TOEFL: Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • IELTS (Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5

Master's Degree Program Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    • 3.0 or equivalent
  • 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
    Web Program Website
    Address Department of Anthropology
    Purdue University
    Stone Hall, Suite 219
    700 West State Street
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059

Additional Information

  • Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

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