Anthropology Graduate Programs

Areas of Study


Anthropology - General MA PhD
Forensic Anthropology MA
Cultural Heritage MA PhD
Applied Anthropology PhD
Linguistic Anthropology MA


Application Materials and Deadline

  • Fall - Priority will be given to complete application packets postmarked by January 15. Complete application packets received after this date will be considered on a space available basis.
  • Spring - No spring application process.

Please contact the department to inquire about available space before filling out an application.

Instructions for applying to the Graduate School are in the Applying for Admission of the Graduate School web site.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Anthropology also requires:

  • A letter of intent showing a clear goal.

Program Requirements for Admission

  • A B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the M.A. degree and 3.2 for the doctorate on all college work.
  • Satisfactory scores on a recent GRE (not more than 5 years old) are preferred. However, a student may petition the department to accept verifiable GRE scores more than 5 years old.

Provisional admission may be offered for promising students who do not meet the GPA standards. If the student's bachelors degree is not in Anthropology the student will work with their advisor to develop a course of instruction that includes developing a background in the four fields of Anthropology.

Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships

A small number of teaching assistantships are normally awarded for one semester to students who have completed part of the program. One or more teaching assistantships are normally available for American Indian students. All assistantships are competitive and awarded on the basis of demonstrated excellence in coursework, research and service. Teaching assistants are expected to work 15 hours per week for 15 weeks. Depending on the class or classes to which they are assigned, their duties may include helping course instructors with student contact, exam preparation and scoring, maintaining records of student performance, lecturing and leading laboratory or discussion sections. In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition fee waiver (in-state or out-of-state) and a waiver of the registration fee. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for 9 credits each semester.

Assistantship Application

All applying and existing graduate students should complete the Graduate Student Evaluation Form if they want to be considered for a teaching assistantship or Anthropology department scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. The form is due no later than February 1, 2018. The application and instructions are posted for download below.

For information about financial aid:

  • The Graduate School's Financial Information page
  • The Financial Aid Office at University of Montana

International Students

  • The TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB exam can substitute for the GRE.
  • See information in the International Admission section on the Graduate School web site.

Documents and Forms for Graduate Students in Anthropology

Additional Links

The Graduate School at University of Montana

Anthropology Program Description in the Graduate Catalog