William and Mary


Students may apply online or by mail.  In addition to the College application form, applicants must supply:

  • GRE scores taken within the past five years
  • Undergraduate and relevant graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample, which should be a substantial academic paper demonstrating both writing skills and original research.  Please mail a hard copy of the writing sample to the Department of Anthropology.  We recommend sending writing samples of fewer than 25 pages.  Our mailing address is: Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795.  Our shipping address (i.e. for couriers including FedEx and UPS) is: Department of Anthropology, Washington Hall Room 103, 241 Jamestown Road, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will also be required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Applications and supporting materials for all graduate programs must be received by January 15.

The College of William and Mary Office of Graduate Studies and Research (not part of the Department of Anthropology) facilitates applications to the Arts & Science graduate programs. Below are links to informative pages posted by this Office. Admissions are determined by the Department, not by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Students have the option of applying for admission to the stand alone MA program in Historical Archaeology, the sequential MA/PhD program in Historical Archaeology or Historical Anthropology or, after having completed the MA degree in Anthropology elsewhere, directly into the PhD program in either branch.

The stand alone MA program in Historical Archaeology is designed as a one year course, but many students choose to extend this to include a second year.  There is no financial support available directly from the department for this program, but applications for financial assistance may be made to the College Financial Aid Office.  The College can only offer student loans to graduate students.

Applications to the MA/PhD program will be accepted from students with a BA, a pending MA or an MA in hand.  Admitted students will receive four years of funding, during which time students admitted without the MA must earn  their MA degree as well as advance  towards their PhD dissertation.

Students admitted to the PhD program while their MA in Anthropology is in progress must have met all requirements for that degree by August 15 of the year in which they plan to attend William and Mary. If the MA in Anthropology is not completed by this date, they will not be permitted to register.

Students with an MA that is not in Anthropology may petition the Graduate Committee to determine whether or not they are required to obtain a William and Mary MA in Anthropology before entering the PhD program. Students entering the William and Mary MA/PhD program with previous graduate work (but without a completed MA degree) may petition for the transfer of up to 6 credits. Students with an MA in another discipline, or with transfer credits, may also petition the Graduate Committee to obtain an exemption from certain courses required for the PhD.

For more information, contact:

Martin Gallivan
Director of Graduate Studies
Email: [[mdgall]]
Fax: 757-221-3622

Mailing address:

Department of Anthropology
College of William and Mary
PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795