Graduate Application Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Should I contact faculty members with whom I am interested in working? 
A: Faculty members always appreciate hearing from prospective students, and want to know more about you. It is advisable that you contact them several months before you apply to discuss potential research projects for your M.A. or Ph.D.

Q: Will I get a fellowship or a Graduate Assistantship?
A: Department funding is based upon many factors. However, if you are entering into the Master program, it is unlikely that you will receive a fellowship or a Graduate Assistantship your first year. Incoming Ph.D students may receive one, but all are considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Q: Can you send me information by mail?
A: We no longer send hard copies of our graduate program information. However, all information is available on the Application Guidelines page and the Graduate Admissions website. The

is the primary resource for all program information. If you have any questions, concerns or requests about your application to Graduate Admissions, contact


Q: What are the minimum requirements for study in the Anthropology graduate program?
A: An applicant must submit documentation that fulfills the following admission criteria:

  1. An earned baccalaureate or professional degree from an accredited college or university by the expected date of entry;
  2. Ordinarily a minimum of a 3.3 cumulative point‑hour ratio (on the scale of 4.0 used at this university) in all previous undergraduate work;
  3. Ordinarily a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative point‑hour ratio (on the scale of 4.0 used at this university) in all previous graduate work;
  4. Ordinarily Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised general test scores of at least 310 cumulative on verbal and quantitative sections and 4 on the analytic component;
  5. A major in anthropology, or,
    1. At least 25 credit hours in anthropology and closely related disciplines, or,
    2. Outstanding general academic preparation and evidence of exceptional scholarly potential;
  6. A minimum score of 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or of 80 on the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP). This requirement applies to an applicant from a country where the first language is not English, unless a degree was earned in an academic institution where English is used as the instructional medium;
  • In addition to the criteria listed above, the academic interests and objectives of applicants will be evaluated to determine if the applicant's intended program can be undertaken in this department given the interests, specialties, and work load of our faculty

Q. Can I transfer from another Ohio State University graduate program to the Department of Anthropology?
A: Requests for transfer from another Ohio State University graduate program must be accompanied by the same materials submitted by first time applicants to the OSU Graduate Admissions.

Q: I am applying to the program for a second time. Do I need to submit everything again? 
A: Yes, and you must resend your transcripts and GRE scores to Graduate Admissions.

Q: I submitted my transcripts weeks ago but when I check my application status at Graduate Admissions it shows them as not having been received. What should I do?
A: When you check the status of your application online, you are checking the Graduate Admissions holdings. As Graduate Admissions processes all graduate applications, a backlog of submitted paperwork occurs, resulting in delays in the update of your application status. It is best to upload all materials with your application. If something is missing please contact Graduate Admissions at for an update on the status of your application.

Q: Can my GRE scores be received later than the deadline?
A: Like all other application materials, GRE scores must be received before or on November 15th.

Q: My CV/resume has been updated since I submitted it. Can I submit an updated copy?
A: Of course, just send it in and we will update your file.

Q: How firm is the deadline?
A: Applications and materials received after November 15th will not be accepted.

Q: Can I apply for admission besides the autumn semester?
A: No. If you miss the admissions deadline you will need to apply the following autumn.

Q: Based on these scores/grades/ etc what are my odds for getting into the program?
A: Unlike undergraduate education admissions where a person's skill can be boiled down into several years of grades and test scores, graduate education admissions focus more heavily on how well that particular individual's research interests and career goals mesh with the program to which they've applied. If you have any interests or inquiries into a specific body of research, feel free to contact faculty or graduate students who share similar research interests for more information about what the program can offer.

Q: How do I make an appointment to visit an advisor/to visit the department etc?
A: E-mail requesting help to set up a visit to the department.

Q: When will I find out if I have been accepted?
A: Notification letters are typically sent out in late March or early April. If you are concerned about the status of your application, please e-mail

If you have any other questions, concerns or requests, please contact