Graduate Application Guidelines


Information for Applicants to the 2022 Graduate Program:  Competition for admission into the 2022 graduate program will be highly competitive and include an online interview. Potential applicants must contact the faculty member they wish to work with prior to application and discuss the applicant’s research interests and preparedness.  Follow the link below to learn more about the application process.


Application materials for both the M.A. and Ph.D. degree have the following deadlines:
November 19th - deadline for all applicants


Every year, the faculty and the Graduate Studies Committee evaluate the pool of applicants and identifies students who are eligible for fellowships-- this is funding for graduate study provided by the Ohio State University. Eligibility is defined by the university as academic excellence, which includes course grades, GRE scores, theses, presentations, and other measures of academic achievement. The faculty in the department also evaluate how well each applicant fits with current research programs. University Fellowship information can be found on the Graduate School's website.

The Department of Anthropology also strongly encourages applicants to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which provides a three-year annual stipend along with a cost-of-education allowance.  Applications to the GRFP are due in late October and are restricted to a single application in either the first or second year of study.. 

Applicants should also note that graduate students may be considered for a Graduate Teaching Associate Appointment, and will be eligible to serve as an instructor in the Department of Anthropology following adequate coursework.  These appointments cover tuition and provide a stipend to support the student while they continue their coursework, degree requirements, and graduate research.  All incoming students are considered for these positions and no extra materials are needed.

Materials Required For Application

Materials must be submitted electronically.  

Most items can be uploaded when completing the Graduate Admissions Application, which is an on-line application. If you have questions about the electronic submission of your application materials, please contact us at

1.       Complete the Graduate Admissions Application for Anthropology (M.A. or Ph.D, as appropriate). This will start the upload process for all additional documents.
2.       Upload with the Graduate Admissions Application a completed Anthropology Graduate Application Supplemental Form


indicate and rank three faculty members with whom the applicant wishes to work
3.       Upload with the Graduate Admissions Application an official transcript from each college or university attended, listing all courses taken, grades, and degrees earned.  This includes post-secondary and community college transcripts. 
4.       Upload with the Graduate Admissions Application a three-part statement (no more than two single-spaced 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 the three faculty members identified on the Supplemental Form. The applicant should 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;

      5.       Upload with the Graduate Admissions Application a current CV/resume

6.       Include in the Graduate Admissions Application the emails of three persons acquainted with the applicant's academic program, scholastic ability, and/or professional performance and who will provide letters of recommendation. Applicants are advised to select referees who are familiar with their best work, particularly in anthropology and related disciplines.  All recommendations must be submitted electronically.  Recommenders cannot submit a letter until the application is submitted and the fee is paid.

7.      Submit an official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Scores do not need to be sent directly to the department. All scores submitted to the University will be accessible to the department.

The following information only applies to admitted international students:

  1. ·         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). 

If you have additional questions about applying to the program, see Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us at