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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology Texas A&M University




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The Department of Anthropology offers programs of study and research leading to a PhD in anthropology. Students admitted to the PhD program may elect to earn an MA en route to their terminal degree. Additionally, a MS in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation is offered as a separate track. Students enrolled within these programs receive training preparing them for professional research and/or teaching careers in academic institutions, governmental agencies, museums or private industry. The department has a well-rounded program in anthropology with offerings in archaeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology. The department is particularly noted for its strength and emphasis in the fields of nautical archaeology, the archaeology of the first Americans, archaeological conservation, palynology and paleoethnobotany, behavioral ecology, economic anthropology, globalization, biological anthropology, and zooarchaeology.

Once admitted to the graduate program, students concentrate their academic and research efforts in one or more areas within the Department of Anthropology. The degree plan is prepared by the individual student with the assistance of a faculty advisory committee and the coursework is kept flexible (within the guidelines of graduate studies) in order to allow students to pursue their individual professional goals. In addition, whenever possible graduate students are encouraged to gain teaching and/or research experience as assistants within the department.

Work leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed to give the candidate a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of his or her professional field and training in methods of research. The final basis for granting the degree shall be the candidate’s grasp of the subject matter of a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research. In addition, the candidate must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully in both oral and written languages. The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met.

For a student who has completed a master’s degree, a DDS/DMD, DVM or MD at a U.S. institution, a minimum of 64 hours is required on the degree plan for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. For a student who has completed a baccalaureate degree but not a master’s degree or a U.S. DDS/DMD, DVM or MD, a minimum of 96 hours is required on the degree plan for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology.

Full Time (64 hours beyond Master's; 96 hours beyond Bachelor's)

Tuition fees

$33,280.00 (24,71,556) per year


13 Jan, 24 Aug


College of Liberal Arts

Coke Building 4223 TAMU,

415 Houston St,



77843, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Hold a bachelor’s or professional degree (or equivalent)

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by:

a minimum TOEFL score (from a test date within two years) of 80 iBT (Texas A&M University does not accept the MyBest TOEFL score), or
a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall band
a minimum PTE Academic score of 53
a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of at least 146 (subject to departmental approval)
a GMAT Verbal Score of at least 22 (subject to departmental approval)

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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