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Application Information & Procedures

Applicants for admission must complete the online application including uploading the supporting documentation listed below.

The deadline for submitting the application is 11:59 PM on December 1.

Statement of Purpose

Your application must include a statement of purpose that outlines your intellectual interests and background. This essay should explain your interest in an interdepartmental program and in the University of Michigan's Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History. This portion of your application is extremely important and you should take particular care in its preparation. (This statement should be uploaded to the online application.)

Personal Statement

Tell us about yourself. How have your background and life experiences—including cultural, geographical, financial, educational or other opportunities or challenges—motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan? For instance, if you grew up in a community where educational, cultural, or other opportunities were either especially plentiful or especially lacking, you might discuss the impact this had on your development and interests. (Please do not repeat your Academic Statement of Purpose.)

Writing Sample

The Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History also requests a writing sample in addition to your statement of purpose. This may be a paper you wrote for a seminar or a portion of a senior thesis. Faculty reading the applications consider the writing sample, like the essay, very seriously. (The writing sample should be uploaded to the online application.)

Degree Transcripts

One original copy of your degree transcripts must be sent to the Rackham Graduate School. A scanned copy of the transcripts should also be uploaded to the online application.

Rackham Graduate School
Attn: Transcripts/U-M ID# (if known) or Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy)
915 E Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

GRE Scores

GRE scores are required of United States Citizens, Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens and applicants who have earned a degree at an institution at which English is the primary language of instruction. GRE scores should be sent directly to the Program. (please request that the Education Testing Service send the GRE scores to the University of Michigan institution code 1839. Information about the locations and dates of the administration of the GRE is available by calling 1-800-GRE-CALL, or on the Education Testing Service (ETS) website.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation must be submitted online. You will enter names and email addresses of your recommenders during the online application process and they will receive emailed instructions.

Letters of recommendation for students currently enrolled in a Rackham Graduate School program at the University of Michigan must include two letters from University of Michigan faculty, preferably one from Anthropology and one from History.