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Graduate Advisor
Dr. J. David Kilby
Evans Liberal Arts, Room 247

Advisor Support
Gerardo Galeana
Evans Liberal Arts, Room 266

Advisor Support
Dr. Emily Brunson
Evans Liberal Arts, 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

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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. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

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

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GRE Scores*

  • official GRE (general test only) required with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections

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*GRE scores not required for fall 2021 applicants.


  • 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 

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 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.

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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

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