University of Arizona

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology - Doctorate


P.O. Box 210030 , School of Anthropology University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ 85721-0030

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Anthropology - Doctorate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Ph.D.-track M.A. students must request a “Change in Degree Program” to continue on to the Ph.D program. Doctoral candidates in Anthropology 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.  Doctoral students are advised by a major advisor and other faculty members representing the student's major and minor foci of study.

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.

An important consideration in admitting students to the Ph.D. program is that a member of the Core Faculty must be willing to serve as a student's primary advisor and to direct the applicant's supervising committee. Affliated and adjunct faculty may serve on the student's committee, but they may not serve as committee head. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to contact one or more members of the Core Faculty before applying to the Ph.D. Program.    

The dissertation requires the equivalent of at least 48 units of class credit, including 36 units in the major and 12 to 15 units in the minor. This equates with a minimum of two semesters of full-time work after completion of the MA, assuming 30 units are transferred from the MA. In addition, at least 18 units of ANTH 920 (dissertation units) are required. With the prior approval of the student's dissertation committee and the Head of the School, dissertation work may be done in absentia. In addition to the unit requirements, there are foreign language, statistics, and written and oral comprehensive examiniation requirements for hte doctorate.

In addition to our traditional Ph.D. program, the School of Anthropology is also pleased to offer dual Ph.D. and joint Ph.D. programs with Near Eastern Studies, and the Department of Linguistics.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL exam.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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