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Applications

The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M only accepts graduate students for the fall semester.  Our next admissions cycle begins in the fall of 2014.  At that time, we will be accepting students for the Ph.D. program in Anthropology, and a new M.S. program in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation. 

The deadline for applications for students who want to begin their studies during the Fall 2015 semester is December 1, 2014.  Applicants will need to submit the following materials:

  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, letters of recommendation, and recommended materials should be sent directly to the Department of Anthropology Academic Advisor at the address listed below. Applicants who wish to submit their letters of recommendation electronically instead of mailing them should use the eLOR (electronic letter of recommendation) system which becomes available through the Howdy portal after an application is submitted. 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
here

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.

Programs

Course requirements vary by program. Program requirements for graduate students can be found on the following program statement pages:

Admission and funding are quite competitive, and space may not be available for all qualified applicants in a given year.

Potential applicants should research the list of faculty and their research interests, and should contact faculty who share their interests by email to discuss the possibility of attending TAMU. You will probably want to read some of our work, so that you have a better sense of exactly what we do. Graduate school is very different from undergraduate studies. In essence, it is about learning how to do independent research. Thus, GRE and GPA are not the only measures that we use to evaluate potential students.

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?

Funding

We have a limited amount of funding available to incoming graduate students, and this funding is very competitive. Please follow up with your references and transcripts to ensure that they have indeed been submitted promptly. Keep in mind, submitting an application by the December 1st deadline does not guarantee funding, nor does missing the deadline mean missing all funding opportunities. Submitting the application by the deadline, however, will make the application more likely to be reviewed for funding purposes.

Currently the State of Texas is requiring state institutions to make some significant cuts to their budgets. While this is not something that will affect most students it would be prudent not to consider departmental funding as a given. Other funding options are also available and applicants can learn more about these at Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Timeline

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. Typically applications received by the December 1st deadline will be made available to the department by early February and admissions will be mailed to applicants by mid-March.

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