Students holding a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in Anthropology can apply for admission directly to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, SMU, Dallas, TX 75275 or through email: In addition, applications can be made online at or by contacting the Department of Anthropology, SMU, Dallas, TX 75275. Admission requirements and other information are contained in the current Dedman College Graduate Catalog. Only a limited number of students are accepted. Three letters of recommendation (using a form supplied by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies) are required of all applicants.

To be admitted to the Department, you should have:

    1.    A Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent from a foreign university), with either a major in Anthropology or at least 12 semester hours of junior & senior level anthropology courses;

    2.    At least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) overall grade point average (GPA);

    3.    Strong letters of recommendation from three professors familiar with your work and able to comment on your potential for becoming a professional anthropologist;

    4.    A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) combined score (verbal and quantitative) of at least 1100; and

    5.    A well-written "Statement of Purpose" outlining your reasons for wanting to join our Department as a learning place along your journey toward becoming a professional anthropologist.

Applications due January 15.

Please note the University offers supplementary grants for outstanding graduate applicants—in addition to other opportunities, please visit