Anthropology: PhD

The University of Oregon’s Department of Anthropology offers the doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree with a concentration in one of three subfields: archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology.

While graduate students choose one subfield on which to focus their studies, many follow an interdisciplinary path that bridges between subfields, as well as to different disciplines.

This approach is encouraged in our department, which is distinctive in its commitment to the integration of the anthropological subfields via five areas of expertise and focus.

The goal of virtually all the students in our graduate program is to obtain a PhD in preparation for an academic career in research/teaching or for a career as a professional anthropologist doing applied work.

* A master's degree is only attainable as part of the doctoral program, not as a standalone master's degree.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
College of Arts and Sciences
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Final deadline - December 15
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.