Admission Requirements & Financial Aid
Admissions only take place for the Fall Semester. The application deadline is February 28.
- Application Form – A completed graduate application form which can be obtained through the Anthropology Department and/or Admissions, the University web site, www.uh.edu, or the Texas Common Application via the Web at www.ApplyTexas.org.
- Entry Degree Requirements – A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree, which includes 24 hours of Anthropology or other social science courses on the semester system. If your major was not Anthropology or your baccalaureate degree is not BA or BS, additional course work may be required and is supervised by the graduate advisor. Official copies of all university transcripts, with degree posted, are required. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT A TRANSCRIPT WITH DEGREE POSTED IS SENT TO THE UNIVERSITY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- Grade point Average – A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)/(B) on all work attempted, graduate and/or undergraduate, beginning with the semester during which the first of the 60 most recent semester hours were taken.
- Examination Score – An average of 500 each on the GRE Verbal and Quantitative sections, and a 4.5 or above on the Analytical scores. THE GRE Examination must be taken and the scores received by the University of Houston before a decision can be made on the application.
- Three Letters of Recommendation preferably from former professors but references from the work setting are acceptable, especially if they demonstrate one’s potential as a graduate student. All recommendations are to be sent to the Graduate Advisor of the Department.
- Sample of Writing Style. This can be only a few pages of a paper written for school or work.
- Statement of Professional Goals. This only needs to a clear statement telling us what you are interested in studying in our Department and why. It is usually attached to the common application
- Applicants slightly below the GPA/GRE Admission Standards may be admitted conditionally on a case by case basis. Conditional acceptance means the student must have a GPA of 3.0 in the first 12 hours. When this is completed, STUDENT MUST PETITION TO BE MADE UNCONDITIONAL.
- Judgments of courses equivalent to those offered at UH will be made by the graduate advisor. Only 6 semester hours of graduate work completed at another university or in another department of UH may be transferred as counting toward degree requirements at UH.
**NOTE: The Anthropology Department does not have any scholarships that are available to students. You must contact the College of Social Sciences or the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office for information regarding scholarships. For more information regarding scholarship and financial aid assistance, please write to:
The Department has Teaching Assistantships (TAs to aid professors in the larger, mostly introductory level classes. After one semester, graduate students interested in Teaching Assistantships should apply through the Graduate Advisor. Award of teaching assistantship is considered on a semester by semester basis. Varied criteria are used to determine who is awarded an assistantship. The criteria include: overall graduate GPA, performance in required or comprehensive-eligible seminars, and satisfactory progress toward the degree. Additionally, research assistantships (RAs) are funded through research projects conducted by individual faculty members. Availability and amount of compensation may vary from year to year, but includes a tuition waiver, courtesy of the Graduate School. Generally, these are available for only three semesters, but may include a fourth if circumstances allow.