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Graduate Admissions

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The Department of Anthropology only accepts graduate students for fall admissions.

Admissions to the doctoral program is now closed for the Fall 2015 term. The deadline for consideration was December 1st, 2014.

Admission to the MS in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation for the Fall 2015 term is currently open. Deadline for consideration will be February 1st, 2015.

Application materials for both programs should include:

  1. Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. One official transcript from each university you have attended. International students should also submit official English translation for any documents not sent in English.
  4. GRE Scores (general test)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. 1-2 pg. letter of intent

The following items are recommended but not required.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Writing Sample

The first 4 items should be sent to the Office of Admission and Records (OAR) , either online or at the following address:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions and Records
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

The letter of intent and recommended materials should be uploaded into AIS (Applicant Information System), a system applicants will receive access to 24-48 hours after submitting the application. The eLOR (electronic Letter of Recommendation) system is part of AIS and is the preferred mechanism for submitting letters. Those who wish to send documents through the mail may do so – please send items directly to the Department of Anthropology Academic Advisor at the address listed below. Transcripts may also be submitted electronically if your institution participates in the eSCRIP-SAFE or SPEEDE systems. Please send these to here.

If you have any further questions please direct them to:

Marco L. Valadez
Academic Advisor
Anthropology Department

Room 234 Anthropology Building
4352 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4352
Ph: (979) 845-9333
Fax: (979) 845-4070

Applications are submitted online, using the Texas Common Application, via the Office of Admissions and Records. More information about the Texas A&M University application process can be found here.

Application Letter of Intent

  • This is the most important part of your application. Spend time on it!
  • Clearly indicate at the top of your statement which sub-field you are applying to (Nautical, Cultural, Biological or Archaeology).
  • Research our faculty on this web site, and indicate in your statement which faculty most closely share your personal research interests. Be sure that the faculty members you mention are in the program you are applying for. Submitting an application for one program and indicating that you want to work with all faculty members from another will make your letter look like it was not researched well.
  • Indicate clearly why Texas A&M University is a good fit for you. Also, be sure to write as to why you are a good fit for us.
  • In addition to describing your past academic experience, tell us about your future research interests and goals. Specifically, what fuels your curiosity?


All incoming PhD students receive a multi-year funding package consisting of three years of guaranteed funding in the form of a graduate assistantship (assuming satisfactory progress each year). The annual stipend for graduate assistantship for 2015-16 will either be the same or higher than the current rate, which is $13,000 a year, plus a tuition waiver. All students with a graduate assistantship will be assigned as a research assistant or a teaching assistant in the department, and work approximately 20 hours/week during the academic year.

Applicants with exceptionally strong records will be nominated for university and college fellowships (Merit, Diversity, and Vision 2020). Each of these fellowship programs vary in what they offer, but they all provide supplemental funding to the department’s base funding package.

Funding beyond the initial three years will be available on a competitive basis.

The department also provides some funds for students to do preliminary fieldwork and/or present their research at a conference. These funds are offered annually on a competitive basis.

Students in the PhD program also have the opportunity to apply for funds to support travel to conferences and funds to support research.

Students in the M.S. program will be considered for funding to support graduate study.  A limited number of awards will be made on a competitive basis.  Students in the M.S. program have opportunities to apply for funding to support fieldwork.


Texas A&M receives thousands of applications every year. Because of this it takes some time for us to receive all parts of an application from the admissions offices. Decisions for the PhD program will be made in late February. Decisions for the MS program will be made in early March. For both degree programs, students who are placed on the wait list may not receive admissions decision until early April.

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