After reviewing the research interests of our faculty, please feel free to contact us. If you are excited about the research taking place here at Washington University, we urge you to visit our campus. While there is no centralized way to organize a department visit, you may contact individual faculty to let them know of your interest and to discuss scheduling an upcoming visit.
The Department of Anthropology accepts students only for the Ph.D. The department does not offer a terminal Master's Degree. Admission decisions are made once a year and all students are admitted for the fall semester. The deadline for application is January 1 for the following academic year. We are a highly selective department and normally admit three to four students per subfield each year from a competitive pool of U.S. and international applicants.
Applications must be submitted online to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
- Submit 3 letters of recommendation and the required forms (submit recommendation requests via email through the online application).
- Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended are required. Please send transcripts directly to the department courier address:
Department of Anthropology
McMillan Hall, Room 112
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
- All GRE scores must be from tests taken within the past 5 years. The school code is 6929 and the department code is 1701 for the GRE.
- TOEFL scores-applicants who have received a degree from an institution where all instruction is not given in English must submit TOEFL scores.
- Please do not submit writing samples unless requested.
Students who are admitted to the program are funded with tuition remission and stipends (a combination of fellowships and teaching assistantships) for 6 years, assuming continued high academic performance. The stipend for 2015-2016 is
Other fellowships with generous stipends are available to outstanding new students at Washington University, including the Mr. & Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study, and the Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program for students who bring diversity to the graduate program:
- Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships: These fellowships are awarded as a result of an annual competition open to all women who intend to commence graduate studies at Washington University the following fall. Olin Fellowships carry stipends for four years and full tuition. Women wishing to become candidates for the Olin Fellowship competition are asked to complete a separate Olin application in addition to their application for admission.Applicants must be graduates of a baccalaureate institution in the United States. For more information, call (314) 935-6818 or visit the Olin Fellowship website.
- The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowships: These fellowships are designed to facilitate training for students who will contribute to diversity in graduate education and who are interested in becoming college or university professors. Students will be selected who, in light of all pertinent qualifications, experiences and attributes, would contribute to the diversity of graduate education at Washington University. For more information, call 314-935-6821 or visit the Chancellor's Fellowship website.