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 can be found on the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences admissions page.  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.

Application Deadline: January 15

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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?

The IELTS minimum requirement is 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

Boston University prefers that all application materials be submitted digitally through the application portal when possible.  If circumstances arise that make this impossible, please mail any hard copy materials to the following address:

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