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The doctoral degree in anthropology program centers around the holistic study of the human condition. You will receive comprehensive training within a variety of theoretical and methodological frameworks, integrating a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Ph.D. in Anthropology Program Requirements


The doctoral program in anthropology is research-intensive and allows you to specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Nautical Archaeology
  • Archaeology

Cross-cutting these programs, you will engage with our bridging themes to develop your own unique, individualized educational curricula. Bridging themes include:

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Diet, Subsistence and Nutrition
  • Dispersals, Diaspora and Migration
  • Technology and Material Culture

Cutting-Edge Research

The graduate programs in anthropology facilitate discovery and innovation. You'll be exposed to ground-breaking, original research being conducted by world leading faculty experts. Some of this research is conducted in the field at sites around the world, both on land and at sea. Sites include:

  • Archaeological sites
  • Paleoanthropological sites
  • Primatological sites
  • Cultural anthropological sites

Other research is conducted in some of the most cutting-edge labs in the country:

  • Ancient DNA labs
  • Stable light isotope labs
  • Nautical archaeology labs
  • Terrestrial archaeology labs


The doctoral program provides formal training, research opportunities and intensive fieldwork experiences. After completing your program, you can seek professional research and/or teaching careers in:

  • Academic institutions
  • Governmental agencies
  • Museums
  • Private industry

Earning a Doctoral Degree

The doctoral program gives you a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of your professional field and training in methods of research.

The final basis for granting the degree will be your grasp of the subject matter of a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research. You also must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully in both oral and written form.

The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met.

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program