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34000 USD/year
34000 USD/year
14000 USD/year
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The Anthropology program at The University of Arizona began in 1915 with the appointment of Byron Cummings as Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Arizona State Museum.  

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Key Features

The candidate for the Anthropology program at the The University of Arizona must show a broad factual and theoretical background in the fields of anthropology, an authoritative knowledge of a special field of research, a thorough grasp of research methods, and good critical judgment.  Each student in the doctoral program will be advised by a major advisor and other faculty members representing the student's major and minor foci of study. The minimum unit requirement is 36 units in the major and 12 to 15 units in the minor. Unit requirements for minors outside of Anthropology are set by the minor field department. An additional 18 units will be devoted to preparing the dissertation. A minimum of 30 units must be taken in residence. 

Concentrations for Ph.D. minor in Anthropology are available in Applied Anthropology; Ecological Anthropology; Medical Anthropology; Anthropology, History and Social Memory and Southwest Land, Culture and Society; and any of the four traditional subfields of Anthropology.

In addition to the unit requirements, there are foreign language, statistics, and examination requirements for the doctorate. The examinations for the program are: a comprehensive exam, which consists of both written and oral sections, and a final exam which is an oral defense of the dissertation. The dissertation is based on original scholarly research and usually requires extensive fieldwork. Up to 30 graduate semester credits maybe transferred from an MA degree program completed at the UA or another institution (note, however, the residency requirement.) Dissertation hours cannot be transferred. The maximum completion time for the doctorate is 5 years after comprehensive exams are taken.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geoarchaeology
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Mapping Ancient Cities
  • Pueblo Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Southwest
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • Old World Prehistory 
  • Contesting the Past: Archaeology and Heritage

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 60 months

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • We offer a two year Master's program in Applied Archaeology. For all other subfields you will need to apply to the PhD program. If you do not have a Master's degree you will earn it on the way to the PhD.
  • GPA 3.5 (recommended) 
  • TOEFL 550 for paper-based exam or 79 for internet based exam.
  • GRE 90+% Verbal (recommended), we do sometimes accept lower percentages.
  • Writing Sample (required)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • On-line application (Graduate College)including statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34000 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 34000 USD per year during 60 months.
  • National

    34000 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 34000 USD per year during 60 months.
  • In-State

    14000 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 14000 USD per year during 60 months.

Living costs for Tucson

830 - 1140 USD /month
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