Helpful Hints

Tips for a Successful Application

Applying to graduate programs can be frustrating. Please see these informal notes for those preparing the application materials for graduate study in Anthropology.

Scholarship, Fellowship and Loan Opportunities

Brandeis University offers a generous array of tuition scholarships, fellowships and loan opportunities. Details can be found at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site.


Master's Programs

The priority application deadline for Fall 2016 admission is Jan. 15, 2016. Later applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 15. To apply, visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site, and complete an electronic application.

The application requires a personal statement, transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a writing sample. See for tips on preparing your statement of purpose and writing sample. 

Although not required for admission, the department encourages prospective graduate students to visit the campus to talk with faculty members and current graduate students. Contact senior academic administrator Laurel Carpenter for information about visiting Brandeis.

For information about the Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, contact program administrator Shannon Hunt.

Inquiries regarding the graduate program may also be directed to the director of graduate studies, Professor Sarah Lamb, or to individual faculty members based on their research and teaching interests.

Those interested in the Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies should contact Professor Sarah Lamb, who serves as the faculty liaison between the Anthropology Department and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Doctoral Program

The Department of Anthropology normally accepts doctoral applicants only as direct admissions from our anthropology master's program, related Brandeis master's programs, or graduates of these programs. Applicants interested in the Brandeis doctoral program in Anthropology are invited to apply to the master's program. If accepted as anthropology master's students, students are then eligible to apply to the Ph.D. program for matriculation the following fall with no application fee. Exceptionally strong students wishing to study Mesoamerican archaeology at the Ph.D. level may apply directly to the doctoral program.  Acceptance to the Brandeis doctoral program from our MA cohort is competitive, but  extensive faculty mentoring and departmental workshops help master’s students prepare applications to doctoral programs at other institutions. M.A. graduates have had excellent success in matriculating into doctoral programs nationwide. All students admitted to the Brandeis Ph.D. program receive full tuition waivers and fellowships renewable for a total of five years. 

Applications to the doctoral program that demonstrate well-defined anthropological interests and a good fit with departmental strengths are the most successful.