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Over the past decade, our program has consistently ranked #3 in the nation at AAU public universities.*
Our program is respected for its commitment to high intellectual standards and timely progress towards earning degrees.
We guarantee five years of funding for admitted PhD students and offer substantial financial support for independent research and professional development for all graduate students.
Our faculty provide an optimal combination of sophisticated training and support for student growth, with careful mentoring, rigorous coursework, and apprenticeship in faculty research projects.
Graduate students are admitted to one of our three programs--Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology--each of which has slightly different requirements.
Ours is one of few programs in the country to provide annual funds for enrolled graduate students in support of their professional development.
Please review our detailed guidance before applying.
We always welcome interest from committed applicants. Do not hesitate to get in touch with the Director of Graduate Studies and relevant faculty.
*according to 2018 data from Academic Analytics.
The Department of Anthropology offers graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy or terminal Master's degrees.
Specializations include subdisciplines of:
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The CU Boulder Anthropology Department trains students in three of the four subdisciplines of Anthropology:
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