Department of Anthropology

Graduate Program Admissions

How to Apply to Our Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology accepts applicants for graduate study for the Fall semester only. Completed applications are due January 10th.

Due to the number of students applying to our MA Program in Anthropology, as well as the MA degree in Museum Studies Option, the Department seldom accepts students whose grade point average is lower than 3.0 in their last 60 semester units (or 90 quarter units) of undergraduate work. Consideration for the graduate program also includes Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of at least 150 for verbal and 150 for quantitative (1080 combined under the previous system).

Applicants must either have a baccalaureate degree or, if the degree is expected by the time of admittance, must be in good academic standing at the institution they are attending. The degree granting institution must be accredited by a regional accrediting association. If, however, a prospective graduate student is a graduate of a non-accredited institution that is judged by the Office of Graduate Studies to be acceptable, the student may apply for admission under special circumstances.

There are two different addresses to which materials are to be sent.

Items to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  1. Application form and additional information is available at the Graduate Studies web page
  2. Application fee of $70 or waiver form
  3. One official transcript from each postsecondary school attended; and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores with at least 150 for verbal and 150 for quantitative or 1080 combined under previous system, (CSU, Chico code is 4048). Please do not send official transcripts to the Department of Anthropology.
  4. A Statement of Purpose that is no more than two pages and includes:
    1. a brief autobiographical sketch,
    2. a statement of your goals and specific subfield interest in anthropology and our graduate program,
    3. why and how CSU, Chico can help you achieve your goals, and
    4. any other information that may serve to distinguish you from other applicants.

Items to be submitted to the Department of Anthropology, CSU Chico:

  1. Two letters of Recommendation and signed waiver form
  2. One copy of your updated Curriculum Vitae or resume
  3. Writing sample (i.e, term paper, publications)

These three above items are to be sent directly to: 

California State University, Chico
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929-0400

Note: Although the Department of Anthropology has an early January deadline, please be aware that applications will not be reviewed until mid January.

Applicants will be notified of their admission status by late spring.


Please direct any questions to Anthropology Graduate Coordinator.