Grad Program Admissions & Applications


Dr. Heather Norton, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210380
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0380

Application Form & Application Fees

On-line application forms can be accessed directly at , and the fee can be paid on-line by credit card. The deadline for applications is January 15th if students would like to be considered for departmental funding opportunities, such as graduate assistantships. Otherwise, the deadline for applications in April 1st. Note that all supporting documentation should arrive at the department prior to the application deadline.

Supporting Documentation

The following supporting documents should be sent directly to the Department of Anthropology at the address listed above.

  1. Official transcripts of all college/university or other post-secondary studies must be submitted. Unless receipt of a baccalaureate degree is already indicated on the official transcripts submitted at the time of application, you must furnish a final transcript or other document verifying the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Two letters of reference are required. These should come from individuals, such as faculty with whom you have studied, who are qualified to evaluate your background and capability for graduate study.
  3. A personal statement (1-2 pages) of your interests and intentions in the field of Anthropology is required. It should describe your academic background, the source of your interest in anthropological research, and the subfield(s) and topic(s) of greatest interest to you. Because we do not offer courses or have faculty resources in every geographic or topical area, your personal statement should indicate a match between your educational/professional goals and our programmatic emphases. Applicants are normally expected to identify prospective thesis advisers in their statements, and they typically contact faculty members before writing the statement to discuss preliminary possibilities for thesis research. The statement should also mention any awards, honors, or experiences that will help us evaluate your application.
  4. Graduate Record Examination scores for the verbal, quantitative, and analytical aptitude sections of the GRE are preferred but not required. Applicants should bear in mind that at least five weeks are required for the transmission of GRE scores following the examination.

The following two requirements are for international students only:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for all international applicants whose primary language is not English. (The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is strongly recommended.) The TOEFL test should be taken in the student's own country before admission is granted. This requirement may be waived for a student who has completed an academic program of two or more years at an accredited American college or university. The minimum TOEFL score acceptable for graduate work in Anthropology is 600 (paper-based test), or 190 (computer-based test), or 68 (internet-based test).
  2. The Duolingo English test has been approved and the minimum required score is 105.
  3. Additional information is required by the Advanced Studies/International Student Services Office after your admission to our program. An International Student Information Brochure and Financial Certification Form will be sent to you following your admission. The Financial Certification Form must be completed and returned to the Advanced Studies/International Student Services Office before a certificate of eligibility for a student visa will be issued.