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Graduate Application FAQ

Graduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is your application deadline?

December 15. We review applications once a year for admission the following Fall. All application materials must be received in our office by the deadline. If your application is not complete by the deadline, it will not be reviewed.

2. How many applicants are there each year? What percentage gets accepted?

We average 160 applications a year and about 25 percent are offered admission. Admission within our subfields varies. Our Biological Anthropology program is our most competitive.

3. What determines whether I get admitted?

Assuming that you have an acceptable GPA and test scores, there are several steps you can take to increase the likelihood of admission.

  • Write a focused Statement of Purpose. Demonstrate how you could contribute to research in Anthropology, particularly with the faculty at UF. Discuss how your interests align with important applications of Anthropology.
  • Relate your interests to the interests of our faculty. No matter how wonderful your application packet is, you will not be admitted unless your research interests match our faculty’s strengths.
  • We encourage you to contact faculty with whom you wish to work. We have a large number of applicants every year, and it is generally helpful for the faculty to have had contact with prospective students before applications are received.

4. Do I need a degree in Anthropology to be admitted?

Applicants without an Anthropology background may be admitted based on other relevant qualifications or experience. They may be expected to complete remedial coursework assigned by their advisor, possibly including reading lists, auditing undergraduate courses or individual study. Students admitted with a Master’s degree in a field other than anthropology will be admitted into our MA program. The supervisory committee may require completion of the anthropology MA.

5. I only have a BA. Can I be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program?

Students without an MA degree will be admitted to our Master’s program and then progress to the doctoral program.

6. What if I only want to earn an MA?

We do not encourage terminal MAs. We consider ourselves a doctoral program and prefer to admit students whose eventual goal is a Ph.D.

7. What GPA is required?

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, but the average GPA of our accepted students is generally over 3.5. Very low GPA or test scores will weaken your application, but your application will be considered. You should mention these issues to the faculty members you contact; they will be able to tell you how your situation will affect their review of your application.

8. What About the GRE?

We require the GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections, but no subject-matter GRE tests. Applicants with low GRE scores may be admitted if the rest of their packet is strong. We do not require the GRE writing score. If you take the GRE more than once, we will evaluate your package using your highest score. The institutional code for the GRE is 5812. If you already have a graduate degree (MA, MS, JD, or MD) from a regionally accredited US university, you may request to have the GRE requirement waived. Please send a letter requesting the waiver with the materials you send to the Anthropology Department.

9. May I send a CV or writing sample with my application?

A CV or short writing sample (up to 20 pages) is optional. You may upload them with your application, email them to the Graduate Program Assistant, or mail them to the department.

10. Must all of my letters be from professors?

Letters from anyone who can attest to the qualities which would make you a good researcher and graduate student are welcome. You should have at least one letter from someone who has direct academic experience with you.

11. What exactly gets submitted to what office?

Please review the Application Checklist for a full breakdown, with addresses.

12. What are the additional requirements for international students?

The University of Florida requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of several different tests. For more information about the admissions process as an international student, please visit the UF International Center’s website.

13. When can I expect notification of admissions or funding decisions?

We send acceptance letters by late February, with funding offers and denial letters shortly thereafter. Funding decisions can be made all the way up until the first day of classes.

14. I still can’t find the answer to my question.

Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant if you have any questions or would like to check the status of your application package.

Last updated June 14, 2014.