The Graduate Application Process

Applications for graduate study in the UConn Department of Anthropology are made through the Graduate School; details of the application process can be found on the Graduate School website. The Department of Anthropology’s graduate program committee makes admissions decisions. Daniel Adler chairs the committee, and general application inquiries may be made to him. We judge applicants based upon three primary criteria: academic excellence, preparation in the discipline, and goodness of fit between the student and our program; we also encourage women and members of underrepresented minorities to apply. In reviewing applications, the committee carefully weighs transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation for evidence of academic background, interests, and achievements. The written statement of purpose is very important in determining the research issues the student wishes to address, and therefore which members of the faculty might serve on the student’s advisory committee. If no member of the faculty feels willing or able to serve as a student’s major advisor, the student will not be admitted.

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Prospective students are advised to learn about the individual courses of study offered by the Department of Anthropology (Cultural Anthropology, Evolution, Cognition, and Culture, Medical Anthropology, Old World Archaeology, and New World Archaeology), and about members of the faculty and their research before applying. You are encouraged to make email contact with faculty members with whom you would like to study. You should consider visiting the UConn campus, or at a minimum arrange to speak with your potential advisor on the telephone. The purpose of a campus visit or interview is for both faculty and student to determine whether the program is right for the student and whether the student is right for the program. You should make initial contact no later than the fall semester in which you submit your application. You should realize that while faculty members are conducting research abroad they often do not have regular access to their email. If you do not receive a reply to your inquiries, it may be helpful to check with Andrea Booth to see if the faculty member you wish to speak with is on campus, and if not, to find out with whom you should correspond. Current graduate students are also a valuable source of information, and you can find out about them and their contact details on the Department of Anthropology website.

You should begin the application process during the fall semester. The deadline for applications is January 15th and admissions decisions are made in early spring, usually during the month of February, with letters of acceptance or non-acceptance usually mailed in March. Acceptance letters usually contain information regarding any offers of financial aid, although financial details may sometimes be clarified in a subsequent letter.