PhD Program – How to Apply

Before applying to our PhD program, click here for helpful information and consult the PhD Student Handbook to answer many of your questions about the program. You should also look into the research and backgrounds of faculty in the Anthropology program, to see if our program is a good fit for your interests. You are highly encouraged to contact faculty to discuss how your interests may intersect, prior to applying.

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Required Documents for Admission

  1. OSU Application form
  2. Official transcripts should be sent to the OSU Graduate School (Master's degree in Anthropology* or related field with anthropology coursework and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5). Note: Be sure to submit official transcripts, not web-generated printouts of your grades.
  3. Three letters of reference (at least two should be from university professors closely associated with the student's work. One can be from a professional in the field of your career interest) The electronic reference letter system, located on the Graduate Admissions site, will send requests to three reference writers indicated by you on your admission application. Recommendation letters should be cut-and-paste into text box on form, or uploaded as an attachment.
  4. Statement of interest including a proposed Ph.D. project of no more than 1000 words and no more than one page of bibliography. Be sure to include a statement that addresses how OSU's curriculum and Anthropology faculty could contribute to your proposed project.
  5. A recent writing sample (a term paper, chapter of an MA thesis, book review, published article, etc.)
  6. A resume of academic and applied accomplishments (no more than 2 pages, work experience in chosen area of research is preferred)
  7. TOEFL (for international students only)
  8. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that obtained at the end of a second-year university course in that language (ACTFL intermediate high).
  9. All items must be sent to the OSU Graduate School.

As of June 2020, the GRE is no longer a requirement for admission to the Applied Anthropology Graduate Program (Masters or PhD) at Oregon State University.


All materials must be received at the OSU Graduate School by January 15.

Students with a Masters in Anthropology from Oregon State University will be considered for admission to the PhD program, but are also encouraged to apply elsewhere.