FAQ for the Graduate Program Application Process
You are eligible for admission to graduate programs at Stanford as long as you have either completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing.
No, applications will be submitted during autumn quarter for matriculation in the following autumn quarter/in the following academic year (e.g. apply in autumn 2013 for matriculation in autumn of 2014).
No, Stanford University allows only one degree program application per academic year. You may apply concurrently to one departmental program and to a professional school (law, medicine or business). Please contact the Student Services Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information.
A graduate application is made to either the PhD degree program or to the MA degree program. Although, the department does not usually accept applications to the MA Program from graduate applicants applying to the PhD degree program, a special request can be made for ones graduate application to be considered for the MA degree program if not admitted to the PhD degree program.
Although requesting department evaluation for MA if not accepted to PhD is an option provided in the University Graduate Application, the Department of Anthropology does not offer this option. Students should apply separately to either the PhD or the MA degree program in Anthropology. The department reserves the right to offer admission to an applicant for the MA or PhD regardless of the desired program stated in the Graduate Application.
Stanford uses an on‐line application and the fee is $125. This allows applicants to save data and work on their application from any computer on multiple occasions. The University Registrar’s Office of Graduate Admissions will consider a paper application only if the prospective applicant can show extenuating circumstances that prevent internet access. There is an additional cost for the paper application packet.
Stanford University, Registrar's Office of Graduate Admission offers a fee reduction program for eligible United States national and permanent resident graduate applicants. For additional information on this University policy, please see http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/fee-waiver and to https://sites.stanford.edu/grad-diversity-council/fee-waiver.
For foreign national applicants interested in requesting a fee reimbursement, please apply for a department application fee reimbursement (available for eligible foreign national graduate applicants, only), please email the information listed below to email@example.com on or by November 15. A decision status will be sent via email reply within one week of submission request. Graduate applicants who qualify for the department reimbursement of the application fee are responsible to pay the fee in order to submit the graduate application.
1. Please provide your first and last (family) name, as well as your country of origin, citizenship, and current residence.
2. List your current source(s) of income (e.g., salaried employment, fellowships, family savings). Please do not include specific salary/wage information.
3. Indicate the total number of graduate applications (US and other) you intend to submit during this application cycle
4. Provide a brief explanation of your need for an application fee reimbursement (150-word maximum)
Electronic submission of the graduate application is due via the web-based application by 9 P.M. PST on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Applicants are welcome to tour the department and to make an appointment to meet with the Student Services Officer. Prospective graduate applicants are discouraged from contacting faculty members of the department admissions committee during the graduate admission application season (from mid-September through April 15th) in order to retain the integrity of the department’s application review process.
Department faculty, not participating on the department’s graduate admissions committee in a given graduate admission application season, may meet with prospective graduate applicants at their own discretion.
Those applicants who wish to tour the campus to learn more about the University should contact the Visitor’s Center http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/tours/.
Yes, please upload all application articles directly to the online application.
Please upload all application articles directly to the online application. If you need to send supplemental materials before the application is available, please contact the Student Services Officer directly via email or telephone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-723-4641.
The department’s offer of admission is based on the student’s representation of accurate information in the graduate application. A degree program listed in process and pending completion must be completed as listed in the graduate application. The Registrar office of Graduate Admission policy on representation and authenticity is listed at the Stanford Right of Verification policy located at http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/gradadmissions/applying/verification.
The application checklist is updated manually by the department as “complete” or “incomplete” usually by the end of January. Applicants with an “incomplete” status will be able to view those missing supplemental materials from the application via the checklist. Although, test score status is included in this checklist, the score information is updated by independent vendors, responsible for reporting and updating test scores on each application checklist. The department does not update this information on the checklist. Please do not call the Department of Anthropology to inquire about the status of your application.
Applications are reviewed holistically to assess their promise for teaching and research careers. Greater emphasis may be placed on the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Faculty from the Department of Anthropology represent the department’s Graduate Admissions Committee each year – usually about six faculty, with two faculty from each of the department tracks.
Decisions and notifications are usually made by mid-March and sent electronically via email. Please do not call the Department of Anthropology to inquire about the status of your application. The application status for materials received can be checked via the applicant’s web-based account.
Each year, the Department of Anthropology receives many competitive applications to the PhD program for very few funded openings. As with the PhD program, the Department also receives many competitive applications to the MA program for very few non-funded openings.
You may (re)apply to a particular degree program in a subsequent application season. Regardless of a first-time application or a (re) application, the prospective applicant is required to submit an on-line application by the published deadline and pay the application fee for each application submitted.
The Department is not able to provide specific information related to individual applications. The admissions decisions have been based on an assessment of the qualifications of the applicant relative to the unique applicant pool in a given admissions season.
No, the Department does not allow deferral of admission.