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|
|Fall||December 1||December 1|
|Spring||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer I||No Admission||No Admission|
|Summer II||No Admission||No Admission|
The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.
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 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
Review important information about documents, including the submission instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU). You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.
TOEFL or IELTS Scores
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.
Review important information about official test scores.