Graduate Admissions

Applications to the MA program are due by February 15 for fall admission!

Students who have earned or have nearly completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, or a foreign equivalent, may apply for admission to graduate study programs at UAA. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree and whose credentials indicate their ability to pursue graduate work. Students must have at least a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA. It is also strongly recommended that applicants have completed at the time of admittance a minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate coursework in anthropology, maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Undergraduate majors in anthropology are preferred, and students are expected to have completed courses in or equivalent to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH A202), Biological Anthropology (ANTH A205), Fundamentals of Archaeology (ANTH A211), and the History of Anthropology (ANTH A410). No more than nine credits may be completed in the student's graduate program before application for admission. Exceptions to admittance requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


University of Alaska Anchorage guidelines stipulate that graduate applicants submit the following items directly to UAA Enrollment Services:

  • A completed UAA Graduate Application for Admission and processing fee.
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting undergraduate level credits from each institution attended. Transcripts are to be requested by the student and must be submitted in an officially sealed envelope, or through a secure electronic provider. Transcripts can be sent directly from the issuing institution to UAA Admissions through a secure electronic transcript service by providing the following email address when requesting your transcript: Do not email transcripts as an attachment to UAA. Electronic transcripts are only accepted from secure digital transcript services such as Parchment or the National Student Clearinghouse. 

To aid processing, we strongly encourage applicants to send copies of the admission form and transcripts directly to the Anthropology Department. 

The Anthropology Department requires applicants to submit the following additional documents directly to the department:

  • A letter of intent, including a brief statement of applicant's research and career goals and reasons for pursuing graduate study in anthropology at UAA.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or other professionals particularly qualified to attest to the applicant's qualifications for graduate studies.
  • A writing sample. This can be a term paper or research proposal indicative of the applicant's potential for graduate study. The writing sample must be the applicant's own original work, and must be sole-authored (no co-authored samples are permitted). 

Please contact Diane Hanson, Anthropology Graduate Program Coordinator, for further information.

UAA Graduate Student Admissions