Skip Navigation


Doctoral Program (Ph.D.) in Anthropological Sciences

The doctoral program of the Department of Anthropology is subsumed within the  Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS). The IDPAS is an interdisciplinary and interdepartmental program leading to the Ph.D. degree that draws upon faculty and resources from the departments of Anthropology, Anatomical Sciences, Asian and Asian American Studies, Ecology and Evolution, Geosciences, and History. The goal of the IDPAS is to train students for careers in research and teaching in physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Students in the Ph.D. program who have already been advanced to candidacy may, upon petition, receive a master’s degree without submitting a master’s thesis.

IDPAS has long been rated as one of the top-ranked Anthropology Programs in the United States, as assessed by the National Research Council using objective measures of scholarly productivity. The IDPAS success rate at graduate outplacement is currently 93%.

Details on the IDPAS program, including its faculty, facilities, and admission process are provided on the  IDPAS web page. Interested students may also contact the director of IDPAS or the  Academic Programs Coordinator for details. Descriptions of admission and requirements are also given in the Graduate Bulletin available from the Graduate School. Application can be made on-line through the  Graduate School.

Application deadline: December 1

Currently, the IDPAS is unable to deliver a full curriculum in Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Thus, for the time being, the IDPAS will not accept any applications for the socio-cultural track. Students interested in Socio-Cultural Anthropology should apply to other programs.

For the Spring 2020 DPA Course Schedule,  click here.

For the Spring 2020 Permission Request Form,  click here.


Director of the Ph.D. Program (IDPAS)
Katheryn C. Twiss
Phone: (631) 632-1539