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Anthropology

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Emily Brunson
grad-anthropology@txstate.edu
512.245.6753
Evans, Room 237

The Department of Anthropology at Texas State offers a comprehensive curriculum, national and international fieldwork opportunities, dedicated archaeological and forensic research centers/laboratories, and community-based cultural anthropology research projects. These experiences provide students with the solid foundation they need to become professional anthropologists in both the academic and non-academic job markets.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.A. Archaeology* 36 Thesis No minor
M.A. Biological Anthropology* 36 Thesis No minor
M.A. Cultural* 36 Thesis No minor

  Read additional information about possible areas of research.


Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall January 15 January 15
Spring No Admission No Admission
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
For scholarship, fellowship or assistantship consideration, applications must be completed by the deadline above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.


Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).


Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • official transcripts required from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your official transcripts.


GRE Scores

  • official GRE scores required with a preferred minimum of 300 (verbal and quantitative sections combined)

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Documents

  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose detailing your academic interests in one of the concentrations and identifying possible areas of anthropological research. If applicable, include any crossover areas of research from the other anthropological concentrations.
  • three letters of recommendation 

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


TOEFL or IELTS Scores

Non-native English speakers who do not qualify for an English proficiency waiver:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.


Additional Information

  Areas of 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.