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://anthro.ufl.edu. Graduate training is offered in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.
Each graduate student should specify a major field of study among the four fields of anthropology. In addition, each must choose one of three tracks: the specialized track in which a student focuses on one field of anthropology, the multifield track in which a student combines two fields, or the interdisciplinary track in which a student adds study in a second discipline to anthropology. Knowledge of a foreign language or of statistics may be required by the student’s supervisory committee.
The department generally requires applicants to have acceptable scores on the GRE (verbal and quantitative 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. Entering students who have earned a master’s degree in anthropology may apply for direct admission to the doctoral program. Students who enter without an M.A. in anthropology will generally work for their M.A. on the way to the Ph.D. This requires either a formally-defended thesis or written comprehensive exams combined with a publishable paper or research report. With their adviser’s permission, they may opt to bypass the M.A, although this is not recommended.
Students enrolled in the M.A. program who wish to continue their studies for a Ph.D. must apply to the Department for certification.
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 of the previous year.