College of Arts & Sciences

Anthropology - Graduate

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Since its inception in the 1960s, the graduate program has been nationally recognized as a leader in applied anthropology. We define applied anthropology as research with practical application and impact, but anchored in a rigorous foundation in anthropological theory and method, whether from socio-cultural, bio-cultural, medical, or archaeological perspectives. With grounding in core anthropological theory and method, we train our students to be skilled researchers who can traverse both academic and non-academic settings, bringing to their research a sound intellectual base, and skills for application and practice.

Master's Program Description

The M.A. degree in Applied Anthropology at UK is designed to train students to apply the theories, methods, and practices of anthropology to solve real world problems, and to prepare students for careers in different domains of application or for further graduate study. The program draws on the department’s considerable research strengths in a variety of areas (see website for more information), and puts strong emphasis on training in theory, application, and proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methods and skills. The M.A. in Applied Anthropology program has three Areas of Concentration – Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Medical Anthropology. Students must declare their area of concentration in their program application.

Doctoral Program Description

The PhD program in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, plus a minimum of two semesters of ANT 767. Students must fulfill any and all other requirements of the Graduate School. An entering PhD student should complete required coursework by the end of the second year, and successfully defend a dissertation proposal and successfully complete the qualifying exams as early as the fifth semester, but no later than the tenth semester, after admission to the program. Upon acceptance into 3 the graduate program, a student will be assigned a graduate advisor who will review and approve all first year coursework, and in consultation with the DGS, evaluate requests for transfer of up to 9 credit hours of equivalent graduate-level coursework. Following the first year, all coursework will be approved by the student’s committee.

Master's and Doctoral Application Requirements

Anthropology Master's (MA) or Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions Please provide an updated curriculum vitae containing information on your academic and professional accomplishments and experiences.
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions Please provide a statement of your major interests and goals in the field of anthropology, including how the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology is particularly well-suited to help you achieve those goals (approximately 2-5 pages).
Writing Sample Upload Required Yes
Writing Sample Instructions Upload two (2) writing samples, preferably in the form of a term paper or an extensive essay. If you have completed an undergraduate thesis or a Master's thesis, you may submit one or two chapters only. Please DO NOT submit an entire thesis, an entire archaeology site report, nor other lengthy document.
Assistantship App Available* No
Assistantship App URL* N/A
Additional Docs Instructions N/A
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline January 1
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation. (See Instructions below)

* Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Letter of Recommendation Instructions

3 Letters:

Recommenders, please attach a letter and rate the scholarly ability of the applicant in comparison with students in the same field who have approximately the same amount of experience and education:

Outstanding (upper 5%) Very Good (upper 10%) Good (upper 25%) Average (upper 50%) or Below Average.

Further, please provide your recommendation for admissions to our program: Strongly recommend, Recommend, Recommend with reservations, or No recommendation. Finally, please provide your estimate of the applicant’s promise as a graduate student. Give views on such matters as previous accomplishments and training, intellectual independence, capacity for analytical thinking, ability to organize and express ideas clearly, drive and motivation, ability to work with others, and any other information you feel may assist us in evaluating the applicant’s potential for graduate work.

Admission Officer Contact Information

Maureen Barker

210D Gillis Building