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Dear prospective graduate student,

Welcome! Thank you for interest in our program. The Department of Anthropology typically admits 6-9 graduate students annually. Admission is offered only for the Fall term except under highly unusual circumstances. This website will help make the experience of applying to our program more accessible by providing information about the Department of Anthropology’s admissions process and advice for successful applications.

If you are considering the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, we strongly recommend you first consider how your research interests fit with the research interests of our department.

Identify a Subdiscipline: Each prospective graduate student should select an anthropological subdiscipline (Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology).  Although a core subdiscipline needs to be identified for your application, we recognize that anthropological work today is highly interdisciplinary and an interest in more than one subdiscipline is encouraged and supported.  If your research interest is truly interdisciplinary (e.g., Biocultural Anthropology), please use your personal statement to discuss this. A list of the subdisciplines can be found here: http://pages.uoregon.edu/anthro/academics/subdisciplines/.

Identify an Area of Interest: Regardless of the subdiscipline, our department’s faculty and students work on innovative and interconnected areas of research.  Each prospective student should consider how their own research interests overlap with our department’s focus areas. A list of these areas and their content can be found here: http://pages.uoregon.edu/anthro/academics/focus-areas/.

Identify a Faculty Advisor: Like subdisciplines and areas of expertise, prospective graduate students should identify a primary and secondary advisor. Please contact individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working with before applying to the program in order to determine if they are currently accepting students and to discuss your shared interests. The dialog between you and your potential advisor is very important. In the spirit of interdisciplinarity, it is possible to choose a primary and secondary advisor from two different subdisciplines.  Faculty interests and contact information is available here: http://pages.uoregon.edu/anthro/people/faculty/core-faculty/.

Once you have determined that the University of Oregon is the best fit for you and you have made contact with a potential advisor, you can begin preparing your application. The application deadline for the 2014-15 year is 5pm on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Information about the application process can be found under Admissions Procedure and via the Graduate School. Make sure you carefully observe all deadlines and instructions. Please note that your personal statement is very important and should focus on the following information: theoretical interests, relevant classes and/or research experience, and reasons why the Anthropology program at the University of Oregon is the program best suited for your research aims. Be specific! Use your statement to help us picture you in our department.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive graduate student body.  Preview Oregon is a program devoted to recruiting students underrepresented in our department.  For the purposes of the Preview Oregon program we consider underrepresented to include members of underrepresented racial and ethnic categories, first generation college students, students from low-income households, and disabled students.  Preview Oregon will be held on October 18th and is a great way to learn more about our department by visiting our campus. During this visit you will receive a tour of the campus and Eugene, learn more about on-campus resources, attend a departmental seminar, and meet and talk with faculty and current graduate students in both formal and informal settings.  Invitation to participate in Preview Oregon is by application. If you are interested in learning more about this program please visit our Preview Oregon website. Please note that applications for Preview Oregon are due by September 20th.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Need more info?

Please do not hesitate to contact the department, faculty, and admissions officers for more information on the program and the admissions procedure.

For more general information about our graduate program, please see the Graduate Program site.

General questions about the graduate program should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, a faculty member who chairs the Graduate Admissions Committee. For 2013-2014, the Director of Graduate Studies is Dr. Stephen Frost (sfrost@uoregon.edu).

For more information about the Museum Studies Certificate see the certificate website or contact Anthropology certificate liason Dr. Daphne Gallagher (daphne@uoregon.edu).

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, an office staff member who works closely with the Graduate Admissions Committee and is responsible for overseeing the graduate application process. The Graduate Coordinator is Betina Lynn (betina@uoregon.edu).

Additional information on graduate studies at UO is available from the Graduate School.