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Department of Anthropology
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Degree Specialization Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
MA Archaeology 36 hours Thesis No minor
MA Biological Anthropology 36 hours Thesis No minor
MA Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology 36 hours Thesis No minor
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † January 15 January 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ May 15 May 15
Spring Semester No Admission No Admission
Summer No Admission No Admission
Summer Midterm No Admission No Admission

Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

∞Please note the deadlines for this program.  If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, students may no longer apply for the program for that semester.   Applicants will be required to submit a new application, required support documents and fee for admission consideration for future semesters.

Assistantship/Financial Support
In order to be considered for financial support or to obtain advising about courses for the early registration periods, applicants must have their application completed for review before the Priority Application Deadlines. Please note that the application for this program will still be available on ApplyTexas until the Standard Application Deadline date.

Application Decisions
The Anthropology program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive.
An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Michelle Hamilton mailto
Evan Liberal Arts Building 240

 information  Please visit http://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/ for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are a Texas State University degree recipient or are currently enrolled at Texas State need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to gradcollege@txstate.edu. If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Anthropology program requires an official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be submitted prior to admission consideration with a preferred score of 300 (verbal and quantitative combined).  If you took the GRE within the last five years and prior to the new examination, the following preferred score will be considered - preferred score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative combined).  The GRE score is valid for five years after the exam date.  GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to our Graduate College.  The college code for Texas State is 006667.  The Educational Testing Service can be contacted at www.ets.org/greTexas State applicants are required to take only the General Test.

Additional Application Requirements

  • A statement of purpose regarding academic interests in one of the subdisciplines and identifying possible areas of anthropological research
  • Three (3) recommendation letters
  • CV/Resume

NOTE: Some programs require specific forms to be used when submitting references and essays. Please review the program website listed above.

Applicants may electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt/doc.html.  Letters of recommendation may be sent by the recommender via e-mail to gradrqmt@txstate.edu.  Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably an student ID number.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.