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
    • 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)
    • 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.
  • Diversity Essay (optional)
  • English Proficiency (Non-native English speaking international applicants: choose a test below)
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-Based Test (IBT): Minimum Overall Required Score: 80
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Speaking: 18
        • Writing: 18
      • Note that in addition to required iBT minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall iBT score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School. Purdue University West Lafayette's code for the TOEFL application is 1631.
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Paper-Delivered Test: Minimum Overall Required Score: No minimum
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 19
        • Listening: 14
        • Writing: 18
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS: Academic Module): Minimum Overall Required Score: 6.5
      • Minimum section requirements:
        • Reading: 6.5
        • Listening: 6.0
        • Speaking: 6.0
        • Writing: 5.5
    • To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL and IELTS) must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.

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
    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 be admitted to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will need to apply internally.
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