Ph.D. On Campus


The University of Iowa

24 months
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The Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at The University of Iowa leads to the accomplishment of professional-level skills in conducting independent research, and normally features specialized training in one or two of the discipline’s subfields. Doctoral education is guided by a Ph.D. committee composed of members of the faculty competent in the particular areas and topics chosen by a student.


The Anthropology doctoral program from The University of Iowa includes an integrated process of progressively developing and completing reading lists, developing and submitting research proposals to funding agencies, developing and defending a dissertation prospectus, and writing two comprehensive exam essays. 

Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination and the dissertation prospectus, a student advances to candidacy for the Ph.D. To complete the Ph.D. degree, all doctoral candidates are required to conduct independent anthropological research, write a dissertation, and defend it.

Career Advancement

  • Graduates establish careers at universities, colleges, museums, health care institutions, and a diverse range of governmental and nongovernmental agencies. 

Programme Structure

  • For students who enter the doctoral program with an existing M.A. (in anthropology or a related field), the faculty develop an individualized program of study based on a student's existing coursework and goals.
  • Ph.D. students also may elect to pursue an optional concentration in either feminist anthropology or paleoanthropology.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • official academic records/transcripts from previous institutions attended;
  • a brief statement of interest or intent regarding why graduate study in the Department of Anthropology is desired;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • a writing sample (preferably a research paper or M.A. thesis);
  • an application for graduate funding; and
  • official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores taken within the past five years from the Educational Testing Service 

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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