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Applied Anthropology

Doctoral Program Director
Dr. Christina Conlee
Evans, Room 235

Advisor Support
Gerardo Galeana
Evans Liberal Arts, Room 266

Department of Anthropology
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This program trains anthropology students for jobs outside of academia, the only one of its kind in Texas and one of three in the nation. The curriculum emphasizes marketable skills that will make graduates qualified for a broad range of jobs. Course work is designed to equip students with a sophisticated understanding of cultural issues that aligns with the needs of an increasingly global Texan economy.

Degree Course Work Dissertation Total Hours
Ph.D. 36 hours 18 hours minimum 54 hours

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall December 1 December 1
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.


  Review important information about the online application.

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
  • master's degree in anthropology or a closely related field from a regionally accredited university. Read more about background course work.
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.3 GPA in all completed graduate course work

  Review important information about transcripts. Official transcripts, sent directly from your institution, will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required


  • resume/CV, complete and current
  • statement of purpose (3–5-page maximum, double-spaced) that includes
    • the anthropological subdiscipline for which you are applying
    • your background, experience, and skills
    • identification of the professor(s) with whom you would like to work
    • specific dissertation research interests
    • reasons for interest in the Texas State program
    • readiness to complete the program in the specified time frame
    • professional plans and goals
    • if applicable, any crossover areas of research from other anthropological sub-disciplines
  • three letters of recommendation addressing and evaluating your skills, academic potential, and ability to successfully complete the program in the specified time frame. Letters should be written by professors, academic instructors, and/or applied anthropology professionals.
  • writing sample, such as your master's thesis or other sample of professional or academic writing

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL 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 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

  Background Course Work
If your master's degree is not in anthropology or a closely related discipline, you may be required to take leveling courses if you lack sufficient background course work. Any required leveling course work must be completed with grades of B or better.