Admission applications for the PhD program are due December 1st. Admission for the M.S. program are due January 15th. M.S. applicants who would like to be considered for a Diversity Fellowship should ensure their application mateirals have been recieved by January 1st. Be sure to specify on the application which degree you are applying for.

Application materials for both programs should include:

  1. Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. One official transcript from each university you have attended. International students should also submit official English translation for any documents not sent in English.
  4. GRE Scores (general test)
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. 1-2 pg. letter of intent

The following items are recommended but not required.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Writing Sample

The first 4 items should be sent to the Office of Admission and Records (OAR) , either online or at the following address:

Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions and Records
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

The letter of intent and recommended materials should be uploaded into AIS (Applicant Information System), a system applicants will receive access to 24-48 hours after submitting the application. The eLOR (electronic Letter of Recommendation) system is part of AIS and is the preferred mechanism for submitting letters. Those who wish to send documents through the mail may do so – please send items directly to the Department of Anthropology Academic Advisor at the address listed below. Transcripts may also be submitted electronically if your institution participates in the eSCRIP-SAFE or SPEEDE systems. Please send these to

If you have any further questions please direct them to:

Jessica Dangott
Administrative Coordinator
Anthropology Department

4352 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4352
Ph: (979) 845-5242
Fax: (979) 845-4070

Applications are submitted online, using the Texas Common Application, via the Office of Admissions and Records. More information about the Texas A&M University application process can be found here.

Application Letter of Intent

  • This is the most important part of your application. Spend time on it!

  • Clearly indicate at the top of your statement which sub-field you are applying to (Nautical, Cultural, Biological or Archaeology).

  • Research our faculty on this web site, and indicate in your statement which faculty most closely share your personal research interests. Be sure that the faculty members you mention are in the program you are applying for. Submitting an application for one program and indicating that you want to work with all faculty members from another will make your letter look like it was not researched well.

  • Indicate clearly why Texas A&M University is a good fit for you. Also, be sure to write as to why you are a good fit for us.

  • In addition to describing your past academic experience, tell us about your future research interests and goals. Specifically, what fuels your curiosity?


All incoming PhD students receive a multi-year funding package consisting of three years of guaranteed funding in the form of a graduate assistantship (assuming satisfactory progress each year). Students are eligible to apply for an assistantship in subsequent years. The salary for graduate assistants in 2018-2019 is $15500 (for a nine-month appointment), plus a tuition waiver. All students with a graduate assistantship will be assigned as a research assistant or a teaching assistant in the department, and are expected to work approximately 20 hours/week during the academic year. For the 2017-18 academic year, over 90% of students who applied for funding received a graduate assistantship.

Applicants with exceptionally strong records will be nominated for university and college fellowships (Merit, Diversity, and Vision 2020). Each of these fellowship programs vary in what they offer, but they all provide supplemental funding to the department’s base funding package.

Funding beyond the initial three years will be available on a competitive basis.

The department also provides some funds for students to do preliminary fieldwork and/or present their research at a conference. These funds are offered annually on a competitive basis.

Students in the PhD program also have the opportunity to apply for funds to support travel to conferences and funds to support research.

The department provides funding for students admitted to the M.S. program as well. Each student accepted into the program receives a $3,000 scholarship for two years (total of $6,000), and a $3,000 research bursary to be used to support fieldwork or internship experience.


Texas A&M receives thousands of applications every year. Because of this it takes some time for us to receive all parts of an application from the admissions offices. Decisions for both the PhD and MS programs will be made in February. For both degree programs, students who are placed on the wait list may not receive admissions decision until early April.

Program Guidelines

The Nautical Archaeology Program guidelines can be found here