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Department of Anthropology

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Anthropology

Application Requirements

  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native speakers of English
  • A scholarly writing sample (no longer than 20 pages double-spaced)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline

December 1


The Ph.D. in Anthropology focuses on Integrative Anthropology; by this, we mean integration of anthropological perspectives (beyond what is usually considered the “four-field” approach), integration of theory and application, integration of teaching, research, and ethics, and integration of anthropology with other resources and scholars on campus and elsewhere. Students will learn to use multiple approaches to understanding humanity and its diversity and to address big questions in an inquiry-based fashion. We inculcate respect for divergent intellectual approaches, civil exchange, and an ethical orientation. Through a professionalization and apprenticeship approach, graduates will be prepared to take their place as scholar-teacher-practitioners in or out of the academy in the twenty-first century. Learn more about the graduate program in Anthropology at Notre Dame.


Director of Graduate Studies
Vania Smith-Oka
Telephone: (574) 631-7269
Fax: (574) 631-5760

Financial Support

Tuition Scholarships
Stipend Support
Health Insurance Subsidy
Professional Development

Cost of Living

The South Bend, Ind. area provides many amenities but one of the lowest cost-of-living rates of any major research university in the country. Learn more.