Applying to the Program

You will need to separately apply to the university to obtain approval for university-level admission and to the department to obtain approval for admission into the Applied Anthropology program. Minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate Division of San José State University are outlined in the Graduate Admissions section of the San José State University catalog.  The application to the university is submitted electronically through CSUMentor. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the university (CSU Mentor) or to the department. The university-level graduate application is separate from the application you send to the department.

Minimum departmental requirements for the program are a bachelor’s degree in anthropology or a core of introductory cultural, and physical or archaeological anthropology, upper division method in ethnography, or archaeology or osteology, upper division anthropological theory and six elective units in upper division anthropology (approximately 18 units); a 3.0 grade point average (B or better) in the last 60 semester units of undergraduate work and a 3.0 grade point average in anthropology.

The application deadline for Fall 2015 application is April 1st, 2015 for both domestic and international students. The document deadline -- the last day all materials such as transcripts must be received by April 15th, 2015.

The application to the department should be sent to:

                  Graduate Coordinator
                  Anthropology Department
                  San Jose State University
                  One Washington Square,
                  San Jose, CA 95192-0113


The following materials should be submitted:

  • A current curriculum vita or resume
  • Two letters of reference 
  • A letter of intent that addresses (1) how your background prepares you for our program and (2) how our program fits into your career plans
  • A sample of your writing (8 page minimum)

For applicants seeking readmission into the MA program in Applied Anthropology, we strongly recommend that the writing sample take the form of a detailed prospectus describing their project or thesis.

Students are admitted to the program under classified or conditional status. Students admitted conditionally must fulfill specific conditions before being classified.