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The study of anthropology draws freely on various fields of study in the humanities and in the social and natural sciences, and its diversity today is such that no single central mission earns a wide consensus.

To this end, the department of anthropology at Binghamton University offers students training in the four traditional subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and social/cultural anthropology, while encouraging students to specialize along tracks that cross these sub-disciplinary boundaries.

Recent doctoral graduates are employed in positions at the New York State Department of Health, the National Geographic Society, Museum of International Folk Art, Purdue University, and the University of Tennessee.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in Anthropology
  • MS in Biomedical Anthropology
  • PhD in Anthropology

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Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission

January 15 (Funding)
April 15 (Regular) 

October 15
MS January 15 (Preferred)
April 15 (Final) 
October 15
PhD January 15 (Funding)
April 15 (Regular) 
October 15

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.
MS Undergraduate degree in anthropology, biology, nursing, pre-medicine, public and international health, psychology or other sciences and social sciences desirable for admission
PhD Students without substantial experience beyond the BA are not normally admitted directly to the PhD program, although this does not preclude admission

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Gary James, Graduate Director

Department of Anthropology Graduate Degree Programs Website

MS Program in Biomedical Anthropology Website

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Last Updated: 1/20/15