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.
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, or 110 on the Duolingo English Test, 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 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 administered through the English Language Institute as part of registration. Based on the test results, students may be required by their academic department or the Dietrich School to take a course in English as a second language as part of their graduate program.