How to Apply: an Overview

All applications are submitted online through the UIC Admissions website: Office of Admissions. After submitting the application, you can access links to upload departmentally required documents and input email addresses for recommendation letter writers. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2018. We do not admit new students in Spring or Summer terms.

Please see below for the required materials for application to the graduate program. In addition to the materials required from all applicants,
international students must include TOEFL or IELTS scores, certified English translations of the transcripts validated by their respective universities, and an international credential evaluation fee ($50).
Unofficial copies of transcripts will be used during the review process; any students that are offered admission and accept it must send official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

We are interested in applicants with excellent academic records, field experience, language skills, and whose interests
closely match those of the existing faculty.  For additional details see below.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for all applicants is December 15.

Required Application Materials

All materials should be submitted electronically.
  • Online application form
  • Application fee ($70)
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of academic/professional goals (750-1000 words)
  • CV/Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably from past professors, uploaded by letter writers to application system)
  • GRE scores (send electronically to institution code 1851, exam must have been taken within last five years)

Students with Master's degrees only:

  • An MA in Anthropology, or equivalent, from an accredited US college or university
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for work completed at the graduate level
  • A writing sample (a brief example of your academic writing)

International students

  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
  • Certified translations of transcripts
  • International credential evaluation fee ($50)

    (required for any course work needing evaluation completed outside US, whether student is international or not)


Questions? We have tried to anticipate and provide answers to many questions on our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. If you still have questions, applicants may write to Melanie Kane (Graduate Program Coordinator) at

Requisites for Admission into the Program

The Department welcomes applications from a variety of academic backgrounds. The previous study of Anthropology is not required for entry into the Masters program.

In order to apply for admission you will need the following:

  • A baccalaureate (BA) or equivalent, from an accredited college or university. Admissions preference is given to those students who plan on completing the MA/PhD sequence.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study, including all of the work taken in the semester (quarter) in which the student began the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. The cumulative grade point average obtained in all work completed beyond the baccalaureate may also be computed and considered.
  • Transcripts are required from those institutions where the student has earned a degree (any bachelor's degree and master's), and transcripts from all other colleges and universities attended in the last eight years. If the degrees were earned more than eight but less than fifteen years prior to the semester for which admission was sought, only transcripts from those institutions where the student earned degrees are required. If the prospective student has not enrolled in a college or university for more than fifteen years prior to the semester for which admission is sought, only proof of the degrees held is required.

Already have an MA in Anthropology?

  • Generally, our graduate students enter the Anthropology program with a BA, and they earn an MA while en route to a PhD. However, we also encourage students who have earned their MA in Anthropology at other institutions to apply to our program as advanced graduate students. See the information provided above outlining how to apply if you already have your MA.


Graduate Student Funding

Our program typically provides admitted and continuing graduate students with funding support to assist them during their studies and research. This support usually includes fifty-percent-time positions as a teaching assistant or research assistant, with accompanying tuition and fee waivers and related benefits. Continuing support is contingent upon each graduate student's strong progress in the program. Our University also provides additional opportunities for competitive grants and fellowships to support course work, research travel, and dissertation completion.

IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, they may already be answered! Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, which is updated as often as possible to address the questions we receive.