Admission to the master’s degree program in anthropology consists of two parts: admission to Ball State University and admission to the Department of Anthropology.
Part 1: University Admission
If you're a U.S. citizen, you must first meet the university's admission requirements and apply to the Graduate School. You will also need to have official transcripts for all previous college-level work (except at Ball State) sent to the Graduate School by the institutions you have attended. The Graduate School will not act on your application until receiving your fee and transcripts. Once you have been admitted to the university, you must apply for departmental admission (see below).
If you're an international student, you must first apply for admission through the Rinker Center for International Programs. You are considered a graduate student if you have already earned one of the following:
The Graduate School will not act on your application until receiving all materials. Once you have been admitted to the university, you must apply for departmental admission (see below).
Part 2: Departmental Admission
After being admitted by the Graduate School, all students (U.S. and international) must apply to and meet the admission requirements of the Department of Anthropology. You must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale and submit the following materials to our department:
View our application checklist and graduate student handbook, or contact us for further information and assistance. After applying to the department, our graduate program director will notify you of the status of your application.
If you wish to be considered for an assistantship, please see the instructions under "Paid Assistantships."
If your undergraduate major was not anthropology or a closely related field, you may be required to complete undergraduate courses to acquire background knowledge. Credits from these courses will not apply to graduate degree requirements. View a list of all of our undergraduate anthropology courses.
If you want to focus on archaeology, we suggest that you participate in a summer field study or have equivalent experience before beginning your graduate studies.
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