Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for both the Master's and Doctoral Programs
Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctoral Program:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Master's Program in Human Skeletal Biology
Further Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions for both the Master's and Doctoral Programs
In the interests of going green and making information publicly available, we have placed all information about applying to our graduate programs online. We do not have any material to send in the mail. You will find information about the Department on our website http://anthropology.as.nyu.edu/page/home and information about applying to the Graduate School of Arts and Science by visiting https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions.html
No, we only admit students in the Fall semester.
There are no minimum GPA or GRE scores that the admissions committee looks for. The Admissions committee looks at all aspects of the application, including the personal statement, writing sample and letters of recommendation.
For the PhD program, applications are reviewed beginning early January and most decisions will be made by mid-February, with students typically being notified in late-February and March. MA program review begins March 15th informed during April and early May.
The graduate admissions process (Ph.D., M.A., and Certificate) is
handled by the GSAS Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. They should
be your primary point of contact for all admissions-related issues,
including departmental admissions requirements, the admissions process,
Graduate Enrollment Services
One-Half Fifth Avenue,
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
fax: (212) 995-4557
Please direct your inquiries as follows:
For all questions regarding admission, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
NYU GSAS Application Resource Center
For questions regarding your graduate application, please contact email@example.com or visit
For general questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions about the Doctoral Program
No, an MA is not required to apply to the Doctoral program. Some of our students enter the Doctoral program with a previous MA, and many do not.'
An M.A. in a discipline other than anthropology often provides a useful complement, but generally cannot replace NYU coursework in anthropology. A prior M.A. in anthropology MAY be counted toward the NYU Ph.D. if it is comparable in strength of training. In that case, students take 2 fewer semesters of coursework than do those preparing the NYU MA/Ph.D. The decision about transferring credit for a prior M.A. in anthropology is made after the first semester in residence at NYU, and is based on faculty judgment of the student's readiness to successfully design and undertake a dissertation project. Financial support from NYU is adjusted accordingly.8. Are all PhD students fully-funded?
Yes. All students admitted into the PhD program are funded by the Henry Mitchell MacCracken Program for five years. Additionally, before or after beginning the program, PhD students are encouraged to seek support that can be combined with the NYU funding, from sources such as NSF Graduate Training Fellowships, or the Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program. Dissertation research (typically conducted after three or four years in residence) is almost always supported by non-NYU research funding. Students work closely with their advisors to develop applications for this type of support.
While teaching is no longer required in the graduate program, all students are encouraged to undertake some form of teaching assignment as part of their professional training, normally beginning in the spring of their second year. The teaching receives compensation that is separate from (and in addition to) the MacCracken award.
9. What do you mean by fully-funded? And, how does the MacCracken Program work?
Fully-funded MacCracken supported students receive full tuition and fee remission, a living stipend, and NYU health insurance for the five years of their support package. New students also receive a one-time $1,000 stipend that may be used for start-up expenses.
10. Can I study part-time?
Not in the PhD program. All students are fully-funded to pursue the PhD full-time. There can be no part time PhD students. In the Human Skeletal Biology Track of the MA program it is possible to study part-time (see below).
11. What is the job placement record for graduates from the doctoral program?
We strive to help our doctoral graduates achieve placement in tenure track positionsand many are successful. That being said, many of our doctoral graduates go on to have fulfilling careers in other areas of anthropologically related inquiry, including media production, institutional engagement, non profit work, and other forms of education. For a complete listing of recent doctoral graduate job placements, please visit http://anthropology.as.nyu.edu/object/anthro.doctoralalumniplacements.
12. How many people apply to the Doctoral program each year? How many are accepted?
We receive almost 400 applications annually. We generally enroll 8-10 PhD students per year.
13. Do I need to have a BA in Anthropology in order to apply to or be considered for the Doctoral program?
You do not necessarily need to have been an Anthropology major during your undergraduate career in order to be accepted to the Doctoral program. Students in closely allied disciplines (natural sciences for biological anthropology and archaeology and other social sciences and humanities for sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistics) may have the necessary background and interests. We recommend contacting a faculty member in the appropriate sub-discipline of anthropology to ask more detailed questions.
14. Can I apply to the Doctoral program even if I only have a BA/BSc degree? Don’t I need to have an MA first?
You do not need to have an MA in order to apply or be accepted into the Doctoral program. Many of our students did not obtain an MA before applying to the Doctoral program. If you are accepted to the Doctoral program and you decide to attend the Doctoral program, you will receive the MPhil degree on the way to completing your PhD. If you obtained an MA in Anthropology prior to attending our PhD program, you will not obtain a second MA in Anthropology. You will obtain your MPhil, however. If you have an MA in discipline other than Anthropology prior to attending our PhD program, you will obtain both you MA and MPhil degrees in Anthropology on the way to completing your PhD.
15. What is the structure of advising doctoral students?
Doctoral students are assigned three advisors when they arrive in the program who will advise them during the first year and a half. At that point, the student selects her/his advisors from among the faculty based on his/her areas of research for the dissertation.
16. How long does it usually take to complete the Ph.D. in Anthropology?
As in other doctoral programs in
anthropology, students usually require 6-7 years to complete the Ph.D.
Our program of preparation for life as a professional anthropologist
typically includes 3 years of coursework; 1 year spent designing a
dissertation project, applying for research funding, and preparing for
and completing Ph.D. comprehensive examinations; 1-2 years of field
research; and 1-2 years to write the dissertation. Students in
Biological Anthropology, especially those whose research is primarily
lab-based, may be able to finish more quickly.
17. Can I do the Certificate Program in Culture and Media separately from the Ph.D. Program?
We do not accept applicants for the Certificate Program in Culture and Media apart from the Ph.D. Program. The Certificate is a specialization within the Ph.D. Program in Socio-cultural Anthropology. All students interested in that Certificate are part of the general Socio-Cultural Ph.D. Program. Please visit that section of our website for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Master's Program in Human Skeletal Biology18. What kind of financial support is available for students in the MA in Human Skeletal Biology Program?
There is a small amount of competitively awarded funding for the first year of the MA program. If awarded, it is the equivalent of 8 units worth of tuition credit in the first year. This funding is not renewable. Most of our students either work full or part time or rely on savings and loans to support their degrees.
19. Can I study part-time?
In the Human Skeletal Biology Track of the MA program it is possible to study part-time. Typical degree time is 2 years, but that may be extended up to 5-years maximum.
20. How many people apply to the Masters program each year? How many are accepted?
We receive 50-70 applications annually. We generally enroll 5 MA students per year.
21. What kinds of research do MA students do and what do MA alumni do with their degrees?
The MA program in Human Skeletal Biology is designed to serve as a training program for students interested in working in applied settings, gathering expertise for professional schools and those desiring to purse a PhD programs. Thus students pursue a variety of research topics depending on their ultimate goal.
For a complete listing of Master’s theses and research, please visit: http://anthropology.as.nyu.edu/object/antho.completedmatheses
For a listing of Master’s alumni and their current placements, please visit: http://anthropology.as.nyu.edu/object/anthro.ma.alumni
For more information about the Masters College at NYU, please click here: http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.masterscollege
Further Contact Information
For further questions regarding graduate study in:
Socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, please contact email@example.com
Certificate Program in Culture and Media, please contact Prof. Faye Ginsburg at firstname.lastname@example.org
M.A. in Human Skeletal Biology, please contact Prof. Susan Anton at email@example.com
Biological and Archeological Anthropology, please contact Prof. Terry Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact individual professors whose work is of interest to you, follow the link to faculty interests on our departmental home page where emails and phone numbers are listed.
For all other inquiries, contact Tejaswini Ganti, Director of Graduate Studies.