Doctoral program

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno offers a Ph.D. program with tracks in prehistoric archaeology, historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. The department has an in-house research museum with rotating exhibits, biological anthropology lab, linguistics lab, prehistoric archaeology lab and historical archaeology lab.

There are 13 full-time faculty members in the Department of Anthropology and a number of adjunct and cooperating faculty in other University departments and institutions.

Applicants for admission to the doctoral program must have either a bachelor's or master's degree in anthropology or a closely-related field and must satisfy all graduate school requirements and specific departmental requirements, including taking the GRE.

The program emphasizes the research strengths of the Department of Anthropology, as well as the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program; the Gender, Race and Identity Program; the Basque Studies Program; the Desert Research Institute (DRI); the Historic Preservation Program; and other University system facilities.

Doctoral students are admitted to the program only in the fall semester.

Application deadlines

Jan. 15

Domestic Applicants

University admission application, official transcripts, and GRE scores should be received by Graduate School so that they reach the department office by Jan. 15. Please do not mail or email documents directly to the department.

International Applicants

The Graduate School must receive admission application, official transcripts, and general GRE/TOEFL Scores. Contact this office for more information on international admissions requirements.

Acceptance notice

Applicants receive notification of acceptance or rejection by April 1.

The Department of Anthropology will not assume responsibility for any delays caused by the postal service, Federal Express, UPS or whichever carrier the applicant chooses to use. Furthermore, the anthropology department will not assume responsibility for the late arrival of official transcripts and test scores to the Graduate Admissions Office, regardless of whether the applicant can provide official receipts proving the documents were ordered promptly. Full responsibility rests with the applicant to make sure the University has received all application materials by the application deadline.

Applicants must contact the university's Graduate School (775) 784-6869 to verify that those offices have received the graduate admission application, official transcripts and GRE/TOEFL scores by the Jan. 15 deadline.

Incomplete application packets received by the Department of Anthropology will not be accepted.

An applicant who gains admission based on incomplete or fraudulent credentials or misrepresentation in the written "Application for Admission" shall have admission and registration canceled without refund of any fees, the total credits rescinded that have been earned following such admission, and future registration at the university prohibited.

Graduate Student Manual

For more information about the Ph.D. program in anthropology, please refer to the Anthropology Graduate Student Manual.


A number of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis, as well as several scholarships. In addition, students are encouraged to seek external funding opportunities.

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