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Doctoral Program

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Students meet for their course section outdoors on a nice day.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

The Ph.D. is conferred upon candidates who have demonstrated substantial scholarship and the ability to conduct independent research and analysis in Anthropology. Through completion of advanced course work and rigorous skills training, the Doctoral degree program prepares students to make original contributions to the knowledge of Anthropology and to interpret and present the results of such research.

Students may pursue two different tracks in the Anthropology Ph.D. degree program:

  1. Archaeology;
  2. Culture and Society

The Ph.D. program allows the student 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.

Ph.D. students in Anthropology must complete a minimum of 135 quarter units with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B). The maximum allowable number of transfer units is 45.

Download the Department of Anthropology Graduate Program Flyer and the Department of Anthropology Graduate Handbook for information concerning the Anthropology Graduate degree programs. These references can be found on the  Graduate Forms and References page.

For more detailed description of the Anthropology Master of Arts Program, see Department of Anthropology About the Master of Arts Program and the Stanford University Bulletin Explore Degrees .

For more detailed description of the Anthropology Doctor of Philosophy Program, see Department of Anthropology About the Doctor of Philosophy Program and the Stanford University Bulletin Explore Degrees.