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The Department of Anthropology offers a broad range of graduate studies in the subfields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, medical anthropology and physical anthropology designed to provide students with the critical skills necessary for successful professional careers as anthropologists. Subfield concentrations can be combined or complemented with work in other disciplines. From the first year, students combine required course offerings with research and coursework tailored to their needs and interests. Our facilities provide extensive laboratory, office, classroom, and museum space in support of the graduate program.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Anthropology at UB aims to prepare graduate students for entry into academic and professional positions with a high-level of specialized training both in research and teaching.

Anthropology at UB strives to create a supportive, inclusive and intellectually engaged academic environment for its graduate students.

The many field projects and diverse range of technical and material laboratories operated by our department foster the creation and cultivation of research objectives within a thriving academic community. Although the department is composed of subdiciplines, we take an  approach that encourages intedisciplinarity as a vital component of research design and prepares students for the professional environment they will encounter upon completion of the program.  

Completing the PhD require 72 credit hours of coursework. Full-time status is achieved by enrolling in 12 credit hours per semester (or 9 credit hours for students on assistantship).

Students are required to satisfactorily complete six (6) formal courses during the first year of graduate study, with at least one (1) course in each subdiscipline chosen from among those designated by the subdiscipline’s faculty as appropriate.

Second year PhD students will select eight (8) UB courses, or six (6) for students on an assistantship, in consultation with the adviser. Students may take independent study courses with the approval of their adviser.

By the end of the second year, students should complete and have accepted a research paper. This paper will demonstrate research skills and could derive from a course paper. The paper must be evaluated and accepted by the adviser and two other members of the student’s committee for continuation in the PhD program.

Doctoral students are encouraged to take the advanced examination no later than the end of the sixth semester of graduate study.

The Advanced Examination (PhD Candidacy Exam) certifies that students have acquired a professional level of knowledge of several areas of Anthropology relevant to their doctoral specialties. The format of the advanced exam is determined by the student’s faculty committee in consultation with the student. The content of the exam is expected to cover the student’s major areas of focus and concentration.

The doctoral dissertation is a substantial and original work of professional quality required of all PhD students. The dissertation is expected to be an original contribution to knowledge and to meet other criteria of professionalism and competence.

  • The minimum GPA for admission to the PhD program in Anthropology is 3.2.
  • Students must supply transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended. Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted and choose to matriculate to a graduate program at the University at Buffalo.

  • Results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

  • Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam. Minimum score:

  1. Paper Test        600
  2. Internet Test    100

The financial aid process for graduate and professional degree students is similar to that of an undergraduate student; however post-baccalaureate students also need to be aware of a few additional factors that may influence your financial aid awards.

Types of Aid Available

Federal financial aid options that you may be eligible for include:

  • Federal Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loans
  • Federal Graduate/Professional PLUS Loans
  • Health Profession Student Loans
  • Federal Nursing Student Loans
  • Federal TEACH Grant

To be eligible for federal financial aid awards you must complete a FAFSA application and indicate that you are seeking a graduate or professional degree.

New York State also offers the following programs for graduate and professional study:

  • Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) Program
  • Veterans Tuition Award
  • Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarships
  • SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship
  • Graduate Opportunity Program
  • Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship
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