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Anthropology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #18 (QS) , NY,
Columbia University offers a full-time Anthropology program of instruction which prepares students for research and teaching at the university level, for museum and archaeological work and for independent research and writing. 



 Students in the PhD program in the Anthropology Department may specialize in either socio-cultural anthropology or archaeology. A specialty in biological anthropology is offered in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology.

The graduate faculty includes professors in the Department of Anthropology at Barnard College. These offerings are enhanced by a joint program with the American Museum of Natural History. Other institutions, including Teachers College, Columbia's Regional Institutes and School of International and Public Affairs, and New York museums, enrich the Columbia experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research facilities include 

  • an archaeology laboratory
  •  the Center for Studies in Ethnomusicology
  •  the American Museum of Natural History
  •  the Museum of the American Indian
  •  The New York Botanical Garden
  • the Wildlife Conservation Society
  •  Wildlife Preservation Trust
  • the University libraries and the computer center

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • one transcript showing courses and grades per school attended
  •  a statement of academic purpose
  •  a writing sample
  • three letters of evaluation from academic sources

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 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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