The graduate program of the department offers a comprehensive approach to the discipline of anthropology. The core courses for the Masters and PhD programs provide a broad survey of anthropology. Graduates and advanced students of the program are qualified in areas beyond their own specialty, resulting in multiple teaching, research, and professional opportunities.

In recent years, the Anthropology Department has received about 200 graduate applications per year. We have typically made offers to 8 PhD applicants and some MA candidates each year.

Graduates have distinguished themselves by their own contributions to scholarship and service and are employed at universities and institutions throughout the United States and internationally.

At the University of Pennsylvania, the School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Division is made up of more than 30 graduate programs (rather than departments), known as graduate groups. Graduate groups are made up of faculty from across departments in the School of Arts and Sciences and the University who share scholarly interests and expertise. The Penn Anthropology Graduate Group members can be found here.

For questions regarding the Graduate Program please contact the Graduate Coordinator at (215) 746-0409 or (215) 898-7461.