Admission Criteria

Each year roughly a dozen students are admitted from a pool of 70 to 100 applications. The minimum grade point average for admission to any graduate study at the University of Pittsburgh is 3.0, but students admitted to the anthropology graduate program typically have overall undergraduate grade point averages of 3.6 or better, with superior grades in anthropology courses.

Students enrolling in the anthropology graduate program have, on average, achieved a combined score of more than 310 on the Verbal and Quantitative components (or 1200 on the older exam format), and a 5.0 on the writing component of the GRE.

Non-English Speakers

For students whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score higher than 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test), or 90 (iBT internet test), or an IELTS score of Band 7.0 or higher, is required for admission.

A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required if the applicant has completed a degree program at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

International Students

International students admitted to the program with a TOEFL of below 600 (paper test), or below 250 (computer test), or below 100 (iBT), or below a Band 7.0 on the IELTS, must take an additional test (the "Michigan" test) as part of registration.