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PhD Program in Anthropology

Anthropology, by its very nature, is an interdisciplinary enterprise and is sought out by many other disciplines for cross-fertilization of ideas.

The Anthropology graduate program at Emory encompasses three subdisciplines: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology, placing special emphasis on cultivating dialogues and combinations of people, interests, and ideas. The program balances rigorous courses with a tutorial approach to advanced subjects and is designed to be intense and demanding for both students and faculty.

We encourage a diversity of doctoral research agendas across the entire range of cultural and biological anthropology. We believe that the successful anthropologists of the future are created not through a monolithic theoretical orientation but through exposure to alternative explanatory paradigms.

Ranked in the Top 10 Anthropology Departments in the US, our faculty are experts at training students for tenure track faculty positions in Cultural and Biological Anthropology, as well as developing professionals for non-academic career paths.

As a whole, our program provides students with a grounding in cultural and biological anthropology that is sophisticated and unique. Specialization within cultural or biological sub-fields is encouraged, as are combinations and creative dialogues between them.

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 A competitive stipend of $36,376+/year (2023/2024)



Professional Development


Top Job Placement for PhDs

  • 95th percentile for Biological Anthropology
  • 75th percentile for Cultural Anthropology
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