Joint PhD Programs

Applicants should apply to only one program within GAS (Graduate School of
Arts and Sciences). If you are interested in another department within GAS,
you may include this in your personal statement. Upon review, our faculty
will decide if the candidate is a good fit for our department or if another
program is more suited to their academic interests.

Applicants may, however, apply to more than one school simultaneously (i.e.:
Penn Medical School, Penn Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of
Arts & Sciences). In the case of a dual degree, Anthropology will be the
secondary department and funding will come from the primary department.

MD/PhD Program
The admissions process for the MD-PhD program in Anthropology is coordinated
through the MD-PhD office.  Admissions decisions are made jointly in an
integrated process by the Anthropology Graduate Group, the MD-PhD Program,
and the Medical School.  Initially, applicants must submit their application
via AMCAS.  In addition to all materials in the AMCAS and Penn MD-PhD
supplemental application, there is one additional essay which should be
submitted directly to the MD-PhD office.  This is a personal statement which
should address the factors that have encouraged you to seek an education
from Penn GSAS, including any significant personal or professional
experiences related to your program of study.  The essay should be no more
than 1000 words or 6000 characters.   These materials will be used for the
initial reciew process by the MD-PhD program and the Anthropology Graduate
group.  Candidates who are selected for interview will then be asked to
complete additional application materials by the Anthropology Graduate
Group. For more information on the program and related courses go to the
website: or contact Dr. Adriana
Petryna, Dr. Deborah Thomas, Dr. Frances Barg, Ms. Maggie Krall (Director
of Administration, Medical Scientist Training Program, Penn Med School); or
the Anthropology Graduate Group Coordinator.