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Department of Anthropology
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Degree Specialization Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Archaeology 36 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. Biological Anthropology 36 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. 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.

∞This program has a firm deadline. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. Applicants with incomplete files after the deadline will be denied admission. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Assistantship/Financial Support
In order to be considered for Department of Anthropology graduate assistantship funding and Graduate assistantship funding and Graduate College-level scholarship opportunities, complete applications must be submitted for review by the January 15 Priority Application Deadline. Please note that the application for this program will still be available on ApplyTexas until the Standard Application Deadline date.

Application Decisions
Candidates for the graduate program in Department of Anthropology are invited to submit their complete applications to Texas State University before the May 15 Standard Application Deadline for consideration by faculty. Complete applications that arrive by the January 15 Priority Application Deadline will receive first consideration, with applications received after the date reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. Candidates for the Biological Anthropology concentration who have a research focus in Forensic Anthropology are strongly encouraged to apply by the Priority Application Deadline due to the high volume of applications received.

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 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.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for regular admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program will allow English-based conditional admission based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. In order to qualify for English-based conditional admission ("Bridge"), applicants must submit the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 59-77 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 5.5 or higher overall with minimum individual module scores of 5.5 or higher

Additional Application Requirements

  • A statement of purpose regarding academic interests in one of the subdisciplines and identifying possible areas of anthropological research (see descriptions below). If applicable, include in your statement any crossover areas of research from the other anthropological subdisciplines.
  • Three (3) recommendation letters
  • CV/Resume

Possible areas of anthropological research:

Archaeology: hunter-gatherers, complex societies, iconography, ceramic and lithic analysis, Native American ethnohistory, paleoenvironment, geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and cultural resource management.

Biological anthropology: modern human skeletal variation, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, primate behavioral ecology and conservation, primate behavioral development, and primate and human cognition.

Cultural anthropology: medical anthropology, disasters and disaster resilience, anthropological theory, political economy, globalization, race and gender, Latino culture, linguistics, phonetics, sociolinguistics.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents listed above to The Graduate College at https://tim.txstate.edu/gadocumentupload/. Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or emailed to our office will not be attached to applications. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the recommender via e-mail to gradrqmt@txstate.edu in a single PDF document. Recommenders will need to include the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably a 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.