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Anthropology Graduate Program

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program allows students to develop a flexible program reflecting special research interests, under the supervision of a faculty committee chosen by the student. Students are encouraged to plan for completion of all work for the Ph.D. in five years.
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Master Degree Program

The purpose of the Master of Arts degree program is to further develop knowledge and skills in Anthropology and to prepare students for a professional career or doctoral studies.

Graduate Degree Program Tracks

Students may pursue two different tracks in the Anthropology Ph.D. degree program. The tracks are not declarable in AXESS; they do not appear on the transcript or the diploma. The two tracks are: 1) Culture and Society and 2) Archaeology.


The Graduate Admissions season is open beginning in September each year for applications to be submitted by the published deadline in December.
Doctoral and Masters Degree Program »
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The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization advocates for graduate students within Stanford’s Anthropology department and the university as a whole.

Forms & References

Download various graduate forms and reference documents.

Intra- and Extra-Mural Funding

Anthropology graduate and undergraduate students have a number of opportunities to apply for grants and fellowships at a variety of stages during an academic career.