Admission deadlines: Fall – February 1
Spring – October 1
Standardized test scores: The GRE general exam is not required
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction.
Minimum scores for the program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0; or
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based or 80 on Internet-based; or
- PTE Academic: 53
Applicants who do not meet minimum English language requirements may be eligible for our full-time Applied English Language program.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. If you are applying for an assistantship or fellowship, you should also describe any teaching experience you have had.
International applicants only: Please follow this link - - to review the International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 215
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-6210 (phone) ~ 202-994-6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

General requirements
At least three of the following proseminars:
ANTH 6101Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 6102Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 6103Proseminar in Archaeology
ANTH 6104Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology
Students with significant background in a field, as determined by evaluation of a petition to the proseminar instructor, may waive one proseminar. Those who are permitted to waive a proseminar must take one course from each of the following groups:
Group A
ANTH 6101Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
or ANTH 6103 Proseminar in Archaeology
Group B
ANTH 6102Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
or ANTH 6104 Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology
One approved 3-credit methods course.
Thesis or other culminating project
3 to 6 credits in courses leading to a thesis or other culminating project, depending on which concentration the student pursues.
18 to 24 credits in elective courses, depending on the number of credits taken in core course requirements. Students may choose to pursue a concentration (below), in which case any credits remaining after core and concentration requirements have been met are taken in elective courses.
All students must complete the general requirements for the degree. They may, in addition, elect to pursue a concentration as part of their program of study. All requirements for the concentration must be fulfilled.
Museum training
12 to 15 credits in museum-related courses selected from the following, 6 credits of which may be in an internship.
ANTH 6200Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6201Methods in Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6203Preventive Conservation Concepts
ANTH 6204Preventive Conservation Techniques
ANTH 6205Problems in Conservation
ANTH 6230Internship in Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6291Special Topics in Museum Anthropology
ANTH 6508Ethics and Cultural Property
Students whose primary interest is in museum techniques, rather than anthropology, are advised to apply to the master’s program in museum studies (see Master of Arts in the field of museum studies in this Bulletin). Note that a program in museum education is also available through the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
International development
15 credits in courses in areas such as economic change, population, health, education, migration, and ecology, within an anthropological framework and courses designed to improve the student’s understanding of development problems. Note that the Elliott School of International Affairs offers a program in international development studies with a disciplinary specialization in anthropology.
ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
Two courses from the following:
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6330Internship in Development Anthropology
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
One approved graduate-level course in quantitative analysis.
Health, science, and society
15 credits in related courses in the areas of health, science, and society. Choose one focus area, either Science and Technology Studies or Medical Anthropology
Health, science, and society concentration (Science and technology studies focus)
The program of study is the same as that described for the general degree, but must also include the core seminar:
ANTH 6504Social Study of Science and Technology
Two courses from the following (see courses at bottom of concentration as well):
ANTH 3603Psycholinguistics (for graduate credit)
ANTH 3604Culture and Media (for graduate credit)
ANTH 3625Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives on Data Ethics (for graduate credit)
AMST 2610Science, Technology, and Politics in Modern America (for graduate credit)
AMST 2620Human Mind and Artificial Intelligence (for graduate credit)
AMST 2630Discovering the Mind (for graduate credit)
AMST 6190Topics in American Studies
ANTH 3602Ethnographic Analysis of Speech (for graduate credit)
Medical Anthropology focus
Required core course:
ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
Two courses from the following (see courses at bottom of concentration as well):
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
One of the following research methods options for the Medical Anthropology focus
Option A
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
Option B
Two courses from the following:
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods
The following courses can count for BOTH foci
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology (Culture and Psychiatry)
Foreign language requirement
Students with fewer than four undergraduate semesters of a major foreign language must demonstrate a reading knowledge of an approved language before beginning the third semester of graduate work.