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Admission Criteria

  • The minimum GPA for admission to the PhD program in Anthropology is 3.2.
  • The minimum GPA for admission to the MA program in Anthropology is 3.0.


The current application deadlines in the Anthropology Deaprtment include:

  • December 15 for all U.S. and international PhD applicants seeking funding.
  • March 15 for all other international applicants.
  • May 1 for all other U.S. applicants.
  • Decisions will begin in January for completed applicants.

Application Process

The following materials are required for each application:

1. A complete online application form.

2. A $75 non-refundable application fee. Before you submit your online application, you may pay the application fee online through UB e-Pay with a credit card using the links below:

MA program E-Pay

PhD program E-Pay

3. Electronic transcripts uploaded with your application. Students must supply transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended. Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a graduate program at the University at Buffalo.

4. Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

  • UB Institution Code: 2925
  • Anthropology Dept. Code: 1701

Have the testing service send official scores directly to the university using the codes above. The department has no set GRE score minimum, but expects students to present strong scores for admission to both the MA and PhD programs in Anthropology.

Applicants should note that the undergraduate grade point average and GRE scores required for admission to the Anthropology MA and PhD programs may be higher than those set by the Graduate School at UB.

5. Three confidential letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work. After you submit your application for final review, your reviewers will receive an email invitation to our online recommendation portal where letters can be uploaded. Please ensure to fill in all contact information fields for your reviewers.

6. A writing sample.

7. A current curriculum vitae (CV).

International applicants must also provide the following:

8. Financial Form and support documentation showing your ability to meet all educational and living expenses for your intended study at the University at Buffalo.

9. Copy of passport bio-page

10. Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam:

  • UB Institution Code: 2925
  • Anthropology Dept. Code: 81

Have the testing service send official scores directly to the university using the codes above. Minimum score:

  • Paper Test        600
  • Internet Test    100

More information on international graduate admissions at UB may be found on The Graduate School "Information for International Students" page.

Non-matriculating Students

If you are interested in registering for Anthropology graduate courses on a non-matriculated basis, you must submit a non-degree application available through The Gradaute School. Applicants should also upload all supporting application materials through this electronic application.

The Department of Anthropology requires the following:

  1. Before you submit an application for non-degree status, you must submit an email to each faculty member teaching the course(s) asking if you may take their course as a non-matriculated student. If the instructors agree they will send an email to Dr. Donald Pollock, the department's Director of Graduate Studies, affirming consent.
  2. Send a letter or email to Dr. Pollock ( stating why you wish to be enrolled as a non-matriculated student. Include in your communication the specific Anthropology graduate course(s) you wish to take that semester and a transcript showing conferral of a BA or BS degree.
  3. If your request for non-matriculated status is approved by the department then you may submit the online application. There is a $35 application fee that may be paid online using a credit card through the UB e-Pay system.

Please note non-matriculated students are not allowed to register for the below survey courses  intended for matriculated anthropology graduate students only:

  • APY 651 Graduate Survey Physical Anthropology
  • APY 652 Graduate Survey Archaeology
  • APY 654 or 655 Graduate Survey Social Anthropology

Contact Us

Donald Pollock

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

372 MFAC

Phone: (716) 645-3080


Maria Portera

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Department of Anthropology

380 MFAC

Phone: (716) 645-6242