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Graduate Program Overview


The Graduate Program in Anthropology at the University of Virginia prepares students for careers in teaching, research, and applied work in the fields of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology. We are a small, selective program funds about six PhD students each year across the three sub-disciplines. MA students are also encouraged to apply.

Applications are due December 15 of the year prior to admission and must be submitted through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences admissions portal here: https://applycentral.virginia.edu/apply/

Our Department is known for its warmth, collegiality, and supportiveness. Classes are small, and students work closely with faculty members as well as their peers; students are encouraged to take courses in other disciplines. Regular workshops prepare students for proposal and grant writing, teaching, professional presentations, and job searches. Each sub-discipline hosts a series of faculty-graduate student research workshops and the Speakers Series brings together the entire Department community for Friday afternoon lectures by University and visiting speakers.

All incoming students for the PhD are supported with a five-year funding package as well as additional grants for foreign language study, conference travel, and preparatory research during summers.

The program of study for the PhD in Anthropology emphasizes:

  • Studies in theory that give students a broad view of the field of Anthropology
  • Integration of theory and ethnographic research
  • Collaboration and inspiration across the three sub-disciplines of Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistic Anthropology
  • Training in grant writing
  • Mentoring for intensive field research
  • Training and experience in teaching
  • Mentoring for job placement
  • Strong ties to other University departments, programs and centers including the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies; East Asian Languages and Cultures; English; Environmental Sciences; History; Latin American Studies;  Linguistics; Media Studies; Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures; Music; Religious Studies; and Studies in Women and Gender.

The program of study for the MA draws from the PhD program but requires fewer courses.  MA students have the option of taking a comprehensive exam or writing a major Critical Review Essay.

For more information on the program, explore the left-hand menu, or contact the Director of Graduate Admissions.

“The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/ugrad.html or www.virginia.edu/registrar/catalog/grad.html.”