Applying to the Program

The program is looking forward to accepting students for 2022-2023.

GRE scores are not required.

The Application Deadline is December 1st of each year.

The online application will be available September 1st.

Emory University's Ph.D. Program in Anthropology offers:

  • highly productive faculty with a broad range of research interests
  • close faculty mentoring for graduate students
  • a high level of stipend support and funding for additional training
  • a strong record of graduate student success in receiving research grants
  • an admirable record of placing graduates in desirable positions nationwide

Each year, Emory's doctoral program in Anthropology receives applications from a large number of highly qualified national and international candidates. Students with research interests in any area of biological or cultural anthropology are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage applications from minority and foreign students; our program has an exemplary record of supporting these students. Because of the high level of support and mentoring provided for each student, our program is highly selective in its admission process, with an average incoming class of 6 students.  Click here for data on admissions, enrollment, and degrees awarded.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is December 1st of each year. Please begin the application process well in advance of the deadline to make sure that your application, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation all arrive by December 1st.

The Recruitment Process and Evaluation of Candidates

Only students applying for a full-time study doctoral degree (Ph.D.) are admitted to the graduate program. We do not offer part-time study or a terminal Master's degree. Every application is carefully reviewed by the program's admissions committee. The admissions committee recommends a group of semi-finalists for consideration by the entire faculty. From this group, finalists are chosen. Finalists are invited to come to Emory (expenses paid) for a recruitment weekend in February to interview with faculty, see the facilities, and meet existing students and other members of the potential incoming cohort. Dates for the recruitment weekend vary each year. Offers of admittance are made the week following the recruitment weekend.

Since finalists are brought to campus in February to meet faculty, additional campus visits are generally unnecessary. If you have a special interest in the program and are visiting Atlanta, you may contact a relevant faculty member well in advance to request an appointment. Faculty availability for such meetings will depend on their schedules and commitments. Most faculty are available to respond to email inquiries from serious candidates regarding the program and individual research interests.

For More Information

For more information about applying to the Emory Anthropology Ph.D. program please contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Kay Norgard

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Dietrich Stout

International Applicants

Please be sure to review the information for international applicants on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions web site.

Application Materials

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions