Anthropology PhD

Pursue advanced research in one specialized area with the Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This highly selective doctoral program is intended for students with a passion for anthropology and an interest in continuing their education and research in the field. 

Students have opportunities to lead and participate in critical research and fieldwork in Philadelphia or abroad, through which they build the skills necessary to conduct anthropological studies in academic or professional settings.

Anthropology is subdivided into the following four disciplines, all of which are represented in the program’s curriculum, research and fieldwork opportunities. 

  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology 
  • Sociocultural anthropology 

Based on your personal area of interest, you’ll specialize in one of these areas, or you can specialize in the Anthropology of Visual Communication, which draws primarily from linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to incorporate all areas in their work and research.

You’ll work alongside esteemed faculty members who specialize in multiple research areas, and you’ll have access to Temple’s collaborative biology, linguistic and media labs, as well as the Laboratory of Research and Exhibitions, which houses archaeological, biological, ethnological and historical collections. Learn more about research in the Anthropology Department

While many Anthropology PhD students pursue full-time faculty positions in colleges and universities, others pursue academic and non-academic research opportunities or enter policy and administrative positions. 

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    Dana Muñiz Pacheco

    Anthropology PhD, CLA ’21

    “Temple has been a space for me to grow, both personally and professionally. From the mentoring of faculty, to research and conference grants, to the diversity within the urban setting of campus, I have gained the tools to project my career after graduation.”

    Our Community

    The College of Liberal Arts at Temple comprises many disciplines and research areas. Now more than ever, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education is invaluable for your future pursuits. It offers the opportunity to further push your drive to create real change in the world, here at Temple and beyond. In this graduate program, you’ll work closely with diverse faculty members who are highly esteemed in their field, collaborating with them and with a curious, passionate community of peers. 

    Program Format & Curriculum

    Students may take up to seven years to earn the degree. Most students complete the program on a full-time basis, although some may be able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis.

    The 48-credit doctoral program comprises core and elective courses, a language examination, doctoral qualifying examinations, and a dissertation.

    The following courses are required.

    • Approaches in Archaeology
    • Approaches in Cultural Anthropology    
    • Approaches in Linguistic Anthropology
    • Approaches in Physical Anthropology

    Examples of elective courses include 

    • Approaches to Historic Sites in Archaeology;
    • Comparative Early Civilizations;
    • Culture, History and Power;
    • Medical Anthropology;
    • Problems in the Anthropological Study of Religion; and
    • Quantitative Analysis of Anthropological Data.

    Learn more about curriculum requirements for the Anthropology PhD.

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    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Doctor of Philosophy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

    Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident: $942.00 per credit
    Out-of-state: $1,297.00 per credit

    Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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