Graduate Admissions

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Graduate Program Applications

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.
Critical Museum Studies Admissions

Please visit the Critical Museum Studies page for admissions procedures related to this program.


The current application deadlines in the Anthropology Department include:

  • December 15 for MA and PhD applicants who qualify for the Arthur A. Schomburg fellowship or Phd candidates for consideration of a Presidential Fellowship.

    Schomburg Fellowship applicants must submit a statement within the completed application by December 15. 
  • March 15 for all other international applicants.
  • May 1 for all other U.S. applicants.
  • Decisions will begin in January for completed applicants.

Application Materials and Requirements

Complete an Application

Use the link to access our online application system. You should begin by creating an account. Once created, you will be promoted to choose an application, select your term year and program. Please read the directions on your College of Arts and Sciences application carefully Returning users can use this link to log in to their existing application(s).

Pay the Application Fee

The application fee may be paid online through UB e-Pay with a credit card using the links below:

Master's Application Fee Waiver
A fee waiver is available for New York State residents who meet the following eligibility requirements. Applicants must:

  • Submit a Master's application for formal review to a department in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Present an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • List a permanent N.Y. State mailing address
  • Meet all posted departmental deadlines for admission

Information about fee waiver eligiblity is supplied upon submission of your application. 

Submit All Application Documents

These documents are submitted after you have completed your online application. They can be uploaded to your applicant "Status Portal."

Upload unofficial electronic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with your online application.

Official transcripts are required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a graduate program at the University at Buffalo. Please send all official transcripts to the Department of Anthropology:

  • By mail

Graduate Admissions
Department of Anthropology
University at Buffalo
380 Academic Center, Ellicott Complex
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026

  • By email

Electronic transcripts must be submitted directly from the college/university attended or through the National Student Clearinghouse to

We request that accepted students not send official transcripts directly to the University at Buffalo's The Graduate School.

Curriculum Vitae
Upload your current Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Writing Sample
Upload an academic writing sample.

Statement of Purpose (not to exceed 1,000 words)
Generally, successful applicants have a strong background in either a geographic, cultural region and/or a particular topical or theoretical interest in anthropology. This essay should make such backgrounds and interests very clear. Also, please convey your intellectual trajectory, and explain why you seek training in anthropology and why you seek it at University at Buffalo, stating clearly the plan of study you propose to undertake.

Provide GRE Results

Have the testing service send official scores directly to the university using the codes below:

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

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.

Recommendation Letters

Provide the contact information for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic work. Each reviewer will each receive an email invitation to the online recommendation portal where letters can be uploaded, and a brief form completed. Please ensure to fill in all contact information fields for your reviewers.

International applicants must also provide the following:

In addition to the above, you must provide the below documentation to the department upon acceptance:

Financial Documentation

The Financial Form and support documentation is required to demonstrate your ability to meet all educational and living expenses for your intended study at the University at Buffalo.

Copy of Passport

Plesae provide a copy of the biographic page from your passport.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Results

Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 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 website.

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 Graduate 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 the department's Director of Graduate Studies affirming consent.
  2. Send a letter or email to the Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Vasiliki Neofotistos, 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

Vasiliki Neofotistos

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

370 Academic Center, Ellicott Complex

Phone: (716) 645-0405


Maria Portera

Graduate Studies Coordinator

Department of Anthropology

380 Academic Center, Ellicott Complex

Phone: (716) 645-6242