How to Apply

We will be admitting a new cohort of graduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications will open on October 1st, 2021, and applications will close on December 15th, 2021.  To learn more about applying, please see below.

 The department does not have paper applications - all applications are submitted online.


APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED BEGINNING OCTOBER 1ST.  THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15th (for both masters & PhD). The application system will close at midnight E.S.T. on December 15. You will not be able to submit any information or supporting materials after this time.

The application fee is $90.

Follow this link to information about applying
and to fill out an online application:

Any technical issues with the CollegeNet application should be addressed to
Technical Support on the CollegeNet application system and not with the
Graduate Anthropology Department.

Admissions Requirements

Following are the required components of the application:

  • All undergraduate and graduate transcripts (scan & upload unofficial version)
  • Three letters of recommendation (online submission)
  • A personal statement (1,000 words maximum)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*** for international students who are not native English speakers (unless they have a post-secondary degree at an American college or University)
  • Writing samples are highly recommended.  Writing samples are submitted on-line. See the Resume/CV section for instructions.

** GRE scores are optional for all applicants. If a student chooses to submit GRE scores, they will be considered as part of the application package.  There is no minimum GRE or TOEFL score requirement. The Institution Code for the University of Pennsylvania is 2926. There is no department/major field code. Please arrange to take your exam by a date that will guarantee that your scores will be forwarded to the University of Pennsylvania by the December 15th deadline.

*** TOEFL Exam scores are required for all international applicants. There is no minimum TOEFL score requirment. The TOEFL is not required if you are currently enrolled in or have already graduated from another graduate program in the United States.

To access the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences website, click here:

The SAS Application Waiver must be requested and cannnot be guaranteed for international applicants. Please email the Graduate Coordinator at for more information. 

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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).