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General questions prior to applying can be directed to our Graduate Recruiters.

Once you have applied, questions about the application process should then be directed to our Graduate Processors.

Graduate Recruiters: Located in the Multidisciplinary Studies Building 4.01.52

Office Hours: 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Monday, Wendesday and Friday - virtual office hours
Tuesday and Thursday - in-person


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Phone: (210) 458-4331
Fax: (210) 458-4332

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Graduate Processors: Located in the Flawn Sciences Building 1.01.05


Contact Graduate Processors:

Phone: (210) 458-7985

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Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Spring 2022 can be Uploaded here! (requires UTSA
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Unofficial Transcripts and Other Documents for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 must be uploaded directly to the application.


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 Prerequisites:

 Required Degree A B.A., B.S., or M.A. degree in anthropology or related area.
 Other Degree Requirements None.
Application Requirements:
 General University Requirements Must meet university wide requirements.
 Application A completed a Graduate School application.
 Transcripts Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
 Resume or Curriculum Vitae Required.
 Letters of Recommendation Three letters of recommendation, attesting to the student’s academic and personal attributes for success in the program and potential for contributing substantially to a field of study related to the degree.
 Statement of Purpose A 750-900 word statement describing research interests and purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. in Anthropology
 Test Scores General GRE, not older than five years.
 Evaluation of Foreign Credentials

All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. Citizens, and permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit official transcripts along with an evaluation of the transcripts from Foreign Credentials Service of America

  • An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
  • Foreign credential evaluations must be received by the application deadline for your application to be processed.
  • Foreign Credentials Service of America in Austin, TX is the only accepted evaluation agency. They can be reached at (512) 459-8429,, or online at
  • If you need a request form, please visit the FCSA website to access the form here.
 International Applicants Must meet international graduate student admission requirements
  • IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
  • TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
 Other A writing sample.

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

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

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jamon Halvaksz, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-5872

Graduate Catalog Link: Anthropology Catalog

Department Website: Department of Anthropology

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.