The department of Anthropology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts (thesis or nonthesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Requirements for these degrees are given in the General Information section of this catalog. For more information, visit the departmental website: http://web.anthro.ufl.edu. Graduate training is offered in cultural anthropology, archeology, and biological anthropology.
Students may opt for a general four-field track and an interdisciplinary track. The general track allows students more exposure to the four subfields of anthropology, as well as a specialization within anthropology at the Ph.D. level. The interdisciplinary alternative allows students to combine anthropology with course work and training in some outside discipline.
The department generally requires applicants to have acceptable scores on the GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions) and a 3.2 overall grade point average based on a 4.0 system. Previous work in anthropology is an asset but not a strict requirement for admission. Potential applicants are urged to visit the website to familiarize themselves with the specializations of our faculty and to indicate in their application those faculty with whom they might work. Barring special circumstances, the Department restricts admission to applicants interested in earning a Ph.D. Students who enter without an M.A. will generally work for their M.A. on the way to the Ph.D. This requires either a formally-defended thesis or written qualifying exams combined with a high-quality paper or research report. With their adviser’s permission, they may opt to bypass the M.A. Knowledge of a foreign language or of statistics may also be required by the student’s supervisory committee.
Students enrolled in the M.A. program who wish to continue their studies for a Ph.D. must apply to the Department for certification. In most cases, candidates for the Ph.D. must achieve competency in a language other than English. Entering students who have earned a master’s degree may apply for direct admission to the doctoral program.
New students are admitted into the graduate program only in the fall of each academic year. The deadline for receiving completed applications for admission into the graduate program is December 15, though the department encourages early applications.