Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

Applications for the graduate program in anthropology go through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS). Information on how to apply as well as a comprehensive FAQ can be found on the GRS website.

The Boston University School of Medicine offers an MA in Medical Anthropology and an MA in Forensic Anthropology. All inquiries regarding these programs should be directed to the GMS admissions office not to the Anthropology Department.

Application Deadline: January 15

Applications for the graduate program in anthropology require:

  • Application
  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • TOEFL or IELTS  scores

In your Personal Statement, we hope to learn your area of interest (topic and geographic), what education/experience led you to that interest, what you plan to do upon completion of the degree, and why BU would be the place to study: Which professor(s) would you seek out as advisors? What about our department interests you?

Please note: Starting with the admissions cycle for Fall 2013 matriculation, the IELTS minimum requirement will now be 7.0

If you take the TOEFL, you must pass each section (cumulative scores do not count). The minimum requirements for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:

  • paper-based test: 550
  • internet-based test
    • Reading section – 21
    • Listening section – 18
    • Speaking section – 23
    • Writing section – 22

International students must read the Graduate School website:

We recommend verifying online that your application was submitted successfully.

We welcome any and all questions.  We welcome visits to our campus to meet faculty and graduate students, but we are unable to offer financial assistance for such visits.

Visit the Graduate Admissions website to learn more.

All transcripts and non-electronic admissions materials should be sent to:

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Admissions Office
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112
Boston, MA 02215

Nothing should be sent directly to the Department of Anthropology!