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General Admission Requirements

UW Anthropology

Minimum requirements for admission are established by the University of Wyoming. Basic requirements are listed below, and can be found here.

*Application Deadlines*

MA Applicants: FEBRUARY 1st
PhD Applicants: DECEMBER 1st

University of Wyoming Requirements:

The following items must be provided and standards met in order to be admitted to the University of Wyoming:

  • UW application and fee (submit online at

  • Bachelor's and/or Master's degree must be from a regionally accredited institution, if earned in the U.S. (If degrees have been earned from an institution outside of the U.S., a transcript evaluation will be done in the Admissions Office to determine if degree is acceptable).

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (not necessary if UW is the most recent institution attended)

  • A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) on previous coursework is required for full admission.

  • Composite score minimum of 1000 (297 under new system) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for master's applicants, 1,100 (308 under new system) for doctoral applicants. NOTE: GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date. To request scores be sent to UW, visit UW's institution code is 4855.

  • Email addresses for three people that will be submitting letters of recommendation are to be entered during online application, at least two of which should be from academic personnel or supervisors.

  • Application for Graduate Assistantship, if desired, should be sent to the Anthropology department.

Anthropology Department Requirements:

The following requirements are established by the Anthropology Department. We prefer that these be met. Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Bulletin

  • MA applicants should have completed introductory level coursework in all 4 subfields of anthropology (socio/cultural anthropology, bio/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Deficiencies in anthropology coursework may require remediation.

  • MA and PhD applicants should have a minimum of 3 semesters of foreign language coursework or established proficiency in a foreign language. Deficiencies in foreign language skills will require remediation.

  • MA and PhD applicants should have completed 1 statistics course; deficiencies will require remediation.

  • PhD applicants should have a composite GRE score of at least 300 (Verbal and Quantitative).

International Student Graduate Admission:

The following are in addition to the items listed above. Please see the Graduate International Student Admissions page for more information.

  • Send official TOEFL Scores to the Admissions office (school code is 4855; locate your departmental codes here). A minimum score of 540 on the written exam, or 76 on the Internet-based test is required for full admission. We will also accept official IELTS scores. A minimum score of 6.0 is required for full admission. This process is normally not required for applicants from an English-speaking country or those who are attending UW within 1 year following completion of a degree from a U.S. institution. NOTE: TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. To request scores be sent to UW, visit the TOEFL site.

  • Confidential financial statement form (available on the Graduate International Student Admissions site) with supporting documentation.

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