Graduate Programs

M.A. Programs

University of Montana Department of Anthropology offers courses of study leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Anthropology. The M.A. program has three options:

Ph.D. Programs

University of Montana Department of Anthropology offers courses of study leading to a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) degree in Anthropology. The Ph.D. program has two options:


Application Deadline

  • Fall: Priority will be given to complete application packets postmarked by January 15. Complete application packets received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Spring: No spring application process.

We highly recommend you reach out to the faculty that you would like to work with and discuss your plans.


Application Materials

  1. Graduate School Application
  2. Anthropology Department:  In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the Department of Anthropology also requires a letter of intent showing a clear goal.

Program Requirements for Admission

  • A B.A. or B.S. degree
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 for the M.A. degree and 3.2 for the doctorate on all college work.
  • The Department of Anthropology encourages students to take the GRE exam and submit their scores to the University of Montana for admission. However, the GRE exam is considered optional and is not required for admission to the Department of Anthropology graduate programs, including both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

Provisional admission may be offered for promising students who do not meet the GPA standards. If the student's bachelor's degree is not in Anthropology, the student will work with their advisor to develop a course of instruction that includes developing a background in the four fields of Anthropology.

Financial Aid

Teaching Assistantships

A small number of teaching assistantships are normally awarded for one semester to students who have completed part of the program. One or more teaching assistantships are normally available for American Indian students. All assistantships are competitive and awarded on the basis of demonstrated excellence in coursework, research and service. Teaching assistants are expected to work 15 hours per week for 15 weeks. Depending on the class or classes to which they are assigned, their duties may include helping course instructors with student contact, exam preparation and scoring, maintaining records of student performance, lecturing and leading laboratory or discussion sections. In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition fee waiver (in-state or out-of-state) and a waiver of the registration fee. Other fees charged by the University are not included in the TA fee waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for 9 credits each semester.

Assistantship Application

All applying and existing graduate students should complete the Graduate Student Evaluation Form/TA Application if they want to be considered for a teaching assistantship or Anthropology department scholarship for the academic year.

Information about Financial Aid