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Please see these notes on preparing application materials for graduate study in Anthropology.

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

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Master's Programs

Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website to apply for our programs. In addition to the electronic application, students are required to submit a personal statement, transcript(s), letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a writing sample. See our 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.

Master of Arts in Anthropology

  • Inquiries regarding the standalone M.A. program may be directed to Laurel Carpenter (Senior Academic Administrator), Professor Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria (Director of Graduate Studies), or to individual faculty members based on their research and teaching interests.
  • The priority application deadline is January 15. (Later applications will be considered on a rolling basis until May 15.) 

Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • For information about the Joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, contact program administrator Shannon Hunt or Professor Sarah Lamb, who serves as the faculty liaison between the Anthropology Department and the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.
  • Application deadline: January 15

Doctoral Program

Brandeis offers Ph.D. concentrations in the following:

  • Ph.D. with a concentration in Archaeology
  • Ph.D. with a concentration in Sociocultural Anthropology*

Application deadline: January 15

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.

*Notes about the Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology: the department normally accepts doctoral applicants to sociocultural anthropology only as direct admissions from our anthropology master's program, related Brandeis master's programs, or graduates of these programs. Applicants interested in our doctoral program in Sociocultural 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. Acceptance to the Brandeis doctoral program from our M.A. 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.