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Application Procedure

1. Explore the program

Applicants should familiarize themselves with our graduate program to make sure it is a good fit.

2. Apply to The Graduate School at Northwestern

Applicants must be admitted to The Graduate School before they can be enrolled in the Department of Anthropology.

You apply online through The Graduate School website. About the online application:

Review The Graduate School website for:

3. Provide supplemental materials

The department relies on letters of recommendation, transcripts, and statements in making choices for admission and financial aid.

Submisson of GRE scores are optional and are not required for admission. Please note that if choosing to submit GRE scores:

Visit the Graduate School’s Test Scores webpage for more information

TOEFL scores

Students whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL examination, and to score 550 or higher on the paper-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test, or 90 or higher on the internet based test.

To submit your score:

Letters of recommendation

The Graduate School requires a minimum of two letters of recommendation. The Graduate School's and the Department’s admission committees are interested in recommendation letters from those who are most able to assess your academic and research abilities in areas related to your field of study.


While completing your online application, you will be required to submit one scanned copy of your transcript or academic record from each school you have attended. For more details on transcript requirements, visit the Graduate School’s Transcripts webpage.

Academic and Personal Statements

Details for the required statement are found on the Preparing a Statement page. 

Optional materials

Students who have relevant writing samples and/or a curriculum vita are encouraged to submit them.

Please note: The video interview is an existing feature of the Online CollegeNET Application System and NOT required for the PhD Application in Anthropology.

Any materials submitted in support of an application become property of The Graduate School and cannot be released for other purposes or returned.

Additional questions?

Prospective students may direct any further questions about our program or the application process to Tracy Tohtz.