Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission

We will accept applications for Fall 2019 beginning in early October of 2018 and ending on February 1, 2019. To facilitate scheduling of graduate courses, students are admitted for fall term only.

For admission to graduate study the student must have a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average in anthropology courses and an overall GPA of 3.00. See more FAQs on graduate admission.

Graduate Application Materials

To apply for an MA or an MS in Anthropology, visit the PSU Office of Graduate Studies and click on the link "future students"; follow the link there to "apply for admission." In your application, you will be asked to provide:

  • Name, contact information, and some personal details.
  • Choice of program. Under the 'College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' choose the MA or MS in Anthropology.
  • Degree information and transcripts from all institutions at which you have studied. You will be asked to upload a scan (an unofficial copy) of transcripts from each institution you have attended. Please note that the Office of Graduate Studies will need a scan of the back of the transcript as well as the front; they want to see the 'key' of abbreviations and methods for calculating GPA. Students applying from PSU are requested kindly to upload a copy of their PSU transcript (the official one, not the print-out from BanWeb); this step is not required but will greatly facilitate the admission committee's work. See our FAQs for information on minimum GPA. If you are admitted, you will then be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended, regardless of the number of credits earned. International applicants will be asked to submit official translations of their transcripts.
  • Residency information (used to determine tuition charges).
  • International applicants will be asked to submit documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study.
  • All graduate applicants who have not completed a degree in English must meet the English language proficiency requirement prior to enrolling in academic classes.
  • GRE test date and scores. Provide a scanned copy of your most recent score report. An official score report must also be sent from the testing service. PSU's institution code is 4610 and the Anthropology department code is 1701. See our FAQs for information on minimum GRE scores.
  • TA application (optional). Applicants interested in applying for a Teaching Assistant position should upload a brief statement containing information about previous teaching experience and should provide a short summary of other prospective sources of income. See our FAQs for information onTA-ships.
  • Writing sample: Provide a well-written paper that illustrates your academic skills and interests. We are particularly interested in evidence of your ability to craft a sustained argument supported by scholarly data.
  • 500-word statement of intent: Why do you want to study in the PSU Anthropology Department's graduate program? Describe the focus of your studies and mention the faculty members you would like to work with. (Note: the following faculty advise graduate students: Anderson, Butler, Gamburd, Klein, Spoon, Vasey, Wilson, Tankha.) Explain why your interests mesh well with the program.
  • Letters of recommendation: Provide the names and contact information for three people qualified to assess your promise as a graduate student and willing to provide letters of recommendation. Letters should come from academic referees if possible. The online system will automatically email your recommenders for you. Letters of Recommendation must be received by February 1st.

If you would like some advice or have questions on the application process, please email Dr. Virginia Butler, Chair of the Department, at The application deadline is February 1.