Doctoral Program in Anthropology
Based on the premise that anthropology should play leading research and advocacy roles in the human dimension of global change, the University of Georgia has designed an innovative graduate program leading toward a Ph.D. specializing in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology. Other environmental and ecological sciences are simply not theoretically or methodologically equipped to understand the culture-bearing human species with its complex behavioral patterning. Beginning in 1988, the Department of Anthropology set out to build a first-class ecological-environmental program; we added new faculty, new physical resources, and aquired more funding. This growth continues, and the faculty is committed to continually improving the quality of the program. Since 1988 we have seen our students complete in good time (usually 5-6 years for the Ph.D.), and then move into very competitive academic and professional positions in Anthropology and related environmental fields.
Graduate study in anthropology at the University of Georgia is a demanding and highly competitive course of study. All student take four core courses in anthropological theory, foundations of ecological anthropology, population ecology, and evolution of human ecosystems in their first year. Beyond these requirements, students and their advisory committees select additional courses in anthropology and allied disciplines to form a program tailored to their needs.
We encourage applicants to submit their paperwork as far in advance of the department's January 1st deadline as possible to make their application most competitive, because this gives enough time for the required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and so on to arrive and be processed. We normally screen applications starting mid-January, and inform students of the departmental decision in February. At any time you should feel welcome to check with the graduate secretary about the state of your application. We also strongly encourage applicants to make early contact with faculty members with whom they might like to work. While students do not select their faculty advisor more formally until the end of the first year, identifying a faculty member you would like to work with during the application process is advantageous. Please note, we do not currently offer an M.A. program.
To apply for graduate studies within the department you must submit materials from two categories:
- The University of Georgia's graduate school's forms and requirements
- Our departmental forms and requirements
In addition to the online application the following documentation needs to be sent directly to the Graduate School:
- Two official transcripts from all colleges attended
- Official GRE scores (UGA's Institution Code: 5813, Department & Major Field Code: 1701)
- TOEFL scores for international applicants
- Non-refundable application Fee of $50.00 (effective 8/19/02)
GRE and TOEFL: The GRE must be taken for admission. All test scores are subject to a five-year limitation. International applicants for whom English is not their native tongue must submit TOEFL scores.
These documents should be sent directly to the graduate school at the address below by January 1st of the year for which you are seeking Fall Semster admission. If you wish to apply for a Graduate School assistantship, these documents must be received by the same deadline.
The University of Georgia
Office of Graduate Admissions
320 E. Clayton Street, Suite 400
Athens, GA 30602-4401
Listed below are departmental requirements for the Ph.D. program:
- The supplemental information form
- The statement of intent
- The application for departmental assistantship
- Three letters of recommendation
- Your curriculum vitae
Please send these items directly to the department by January 1st.
Department of Anthropology
250A Baldwin Hall, Jackson St.
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-1619
Each year a limited number of departmental teaching assistantships, where students work 13 hours a week with faculty supporting instruction or research activities, are available on a competitive basis. Students awarded these assistantships find that they provide sufficient support to live (simply) in Athens. There is also support for incoming students through very competitive "university-wide assistantships," for which we nominate the very strongest program applicants. Our students are very successful in securing competitive and extensive external funding for their dissertation research, and we provide training in methods, research design, and proposal writing in support of this pursuit.
The deadline for Fall semester is January 1st of each year. We only accept applications for fall semesters. We encourage applicants to submit their paperwork as far in advance of the department's January 1st deadline as possible to make their application most competitive, because this gives enough time for the required letters of recommendation, transcripts, and so on to arrive and be processed. A master's degree is not required for consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program.
Departmental teaching assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. The departmental admissions committee will make selections and financial assistance will be included with admissions letters for those students who have been selected. Students with superior records may be nominated for university-wide graduate assistantships. Please be aware that all awards are highly competitive. The application deadline for a Graduate School or departmental assistantship is January 1st. No assistantships are offered for the MS program. An application for admission must be on file before an applicant can be considered for graduate assistantships.