Doctoral Degree

Anthropology (Ph.D.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Ph.D. program in Anthropology at UTSA offers a four-field approach to training and research in environmental anthropology. Environmental anthropology develops empirical understandings of how humans culturally construct and organize their environments, and of the power relations embedded in these activities. The over-riding research agenda is one of praxis, the merging of theory and practice toward new syntheses, new ways of understanding, and new forms of engagement. At base, therefore, environmental anthropology is an applied social science, expressly directing anthropological knowledge toward the resolution of real-world problems. The doctoral program in anthropology at UTSA will prepare leading professionals for applied fields as well as academic research and teaching careers. Graduate course offerings view environmental anthropology through multiple lenses: political economy, landscape ecology, cultural ecology and evolution, medical anthropology, and primate conservation and behavioral ecology.

Why pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology at UTSA?

  • Four-field training
  • The focus of anthropology and the environment
  • Varied field opportunities

Admission requirements and pre-requisites:

Specific Degree Requirements: Applicants may be admitted with a master's degree or a bachelor’s degree.  Those with a bachelor's degree will be required to take additional coursework.

Other Degree Requirements: Please see the Anthropology website.

Test Scores: Yes- GRE scores are required

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Resume or CV: Recommended

Letters of Recommendation: 3 L/R required

Statement of Purpose: Yes- 750-900 statement of purpose

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Full-Time or Part-Time Attendance Requirement: Full-Time or Part-Time


Application Deadline Dates

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Thad Q. Bartlett, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-5712

Graduate Catalog Link:

Degree Website:

Department Website:

Anthropology Graduate Student Association Website:

Career Options

  • Museum curators and anthropologists
  • Cultural resource management
  • Teachers
  • Applied anthropology in non-governmental organizations
  • Further graduate work, e.g. PhD, MPP, MPH, MD

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

Typically, our graduate courses are offered on weekday afternoons. Classes may either meet once a week for three hours or twice a week for 1.5 hours each. We do not currently offer night or weekend classes.

Research Opportunities

Faculty research specializations include:

  • Archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America
  • Archaeology of Texas and the Greater Southwest
  • Primate behavioral and conservation ecology in Southeast Asia and Africa
  • Conservation and mining practices in the South Pacific
  • Indigenous and environmental politics in lowland and Andean South America
  • The cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains
  • Medical anthropology of the U.S.-Mexico border region