Temple University’s Anthropology PhD degree is a program for those who are seriously passionate about working hard towards furthering their anthropology education. If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll conduct exciting fieldwork and learn the skills you need to join the ranks of Temple grads performing ground-breaking anthropology work in academic and professional settings. Learn more about how to be admitted into the Anthropology PhD program and fund your education.

Earn a PhD in Anthropology from Temple University

Children in Village The graduate program in anthropology is a highly selective doctoral program leading to a PhD degree in Anthropology. Anthropology comprises four subdisciplines, all of which are well represented at Temple: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. The Department also offers specialized courses and training in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, which draws primarily on Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology. Doctoral students typically specialize in one of these areas, but interdisciplinary study and research are encouraged. Well over 100 doctoral degrees have been conferred by the Department of Anthropology since 1976.

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Anthropology PhD Job Placement

Approximately 45% of doctoral graduates hold full-time faculty positions in colleges or universities, while another 20% hold full-time research positions in academic or non-academic settings. Another 20% hold degree-related policy and administrative positions and 10% are engaged in other professional activities.

Admission Requirements

Before you apply to our PhD in Anthropology program, establish personal contact with at least one faculty member at the Department of Anthropology whose research interests overlap with yours and who might serve as an academic advisor. As an applicant to our graduate program, you should have a bachelor’s degree, but it does not need to be in anthropology. You are not required to have a master’s degree.

The number of applicants accepted each year varies, depending on such factors as the our ability to offer financial support and the availability of faculty members to serve as advisors to new students. In recent years, our newly incoming cohorts have generally had four to six students. The minimum admission standard for all graduate students is an undergraduate grade point average of B, or 3.0 or the functional equivalent for students who attended universities outside the United States.

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Temple Graduate School Funding

Outstanding applicants are nominated for Temple University’s Presidential, University, and Future Faculty Fellowships, which provide four years of tuition remission, a living stipend, and other benefits. Limited numbers of Teaching and Research Assistantships are also available for well-qualified applicants. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external grants and fellowships.

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Temple Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester: January 5
  • International Applicants: December 10

Graduate Resources

Charles Weitz
209 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-1424

Director of Graduate Studies:
L. Christie Rockwell
025-21 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7775

Jessica Brennan
708 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7577

Yvonne Davis
210 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7775