Graduate Program

Application Process

After reviewing the research interests of our faculty, please feel free to contact us. If you are excited about the research taking place here at Washington University, we urge you to visit our campus. While there is no centralized way to organize a department visit, you may contact individual faculty to let them know of your interest and to discuss scheduling an upcoming visit.

The Department of Anthropology accepts students only for the Ph.D. The department does not offer a terminal Master's Degree. Admission decisions are made once a year and all students are admitted for the fall semester. The deadline for application is January 1 for the following academic year. We are a highly selective department and normally admit three to four students per subfield each year from a competitive pool of U.S. and international applicants.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation and the required forms (submit recommendation requests via email through the online application).
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended are required. Please send transcripts directly to the department courier address:

Department of Anthropology
Washington University
McMillan Hall, Room 112
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

  • All GRE scores must be from tests taken within the past 5 years. The school code is 6929 and the department code is 1701 for the GRE.
  • TOEFL scores-applicants who have received a degree from an institution where all instruction is not given in English must submit TOEFL scores.
  • Please do not submit writing samples unless requested.