Graduate Students

The Ohio State University Department of Anthropology is second-to-none in graduate student opportunities for faculty collaboration, research and field work. Regionally, our faculty and graduate students are pursuing research world-wide, including:

  • Archaeology: Eastern U.S., Europe, Mesoamerica, Near East
  • Modern Populations: Africa, Japan, Southeast Asia, United States, Latin America and the Carribean, Samoa
  • Primates: Africa, Central America, SE Asia
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Archaeological method & theory
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Biomedical anthropology
  • Culture, development and globalization
  • Ecological anthropology
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Evolutionary genetics
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Forensics
  • Human and nonhuman primates evolution and ecology
  • Human population biology
  • Migration and transationalism
  • Paleoethnobotany
  • Paleopathology

We invite you to explore the programs, experiences of past and present graduate students and our faculty Web sites to learn more about our excellent program.

Specific information about our graduate program and application process is available in our Graduate Student Handbook (doc). 

Please note these deadlines:

  • Applications and additional materials must be received no later than December 1st in order to be considered for Fall Quarter Admission and November 19th for fellowship consideration. 

Materials required for application to our program:

  • We prefer materials be submitted electronically.  Most items can be uploaded when completing the online application

  • A completed departmental cover sheet (doc);

  • An official transcript from each college or university attended, listing all courses taken, grades and degrees earned including post-secondary and community college uploaded to the University Graduate Admissions Office;

  • The completed Graduate Admissions application form;

  • Official reports of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; 

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant's academic program, scholastic ability, or professional performance.  These letters are extremely important and applicants are advised to select referees who are familiar with their best work, particularly in anthropology and related disciplines;

  • A three-part statement (no more than two typed pages) that (a) clearly articulates the applicant’s areas of interest, (b) demonstrates the applicant’s preparedness (e.g. completed coursework, field school, prior research experience) to undertake graduate work including special background or other preparation that is not evident from other credentials submitted and (c) demonstrates how the applicant’s research interests overlap with the research expertise of specific faculty members (the applicant should include the names of faculty members with whom they wish to work and make a strong case for why they want to work with these specific faculty members and therefore why The Ohio State University is an ideal setting for their continued training);

  • A current CV/resume must be submitted

  • A certified statement indicating that financial resources are available to defray the cost of graduate education [forms will be sent to the applicant if admitted to the program].  This requirement applies only to international applicants who are candidates for U.S. non‑immigrant visas for study at this university.

For specific questions and information, please contact our graduate studies chair, Dr. Barbara Piperata, via email.

If you're ready to join us, apply now and become part of a remarkable, exciting group of graduate students in a journey that will take you to new places with new people! The opportunities are limitless!