The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

CUNY, The Graduate Center, Department of Anthropology
CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave, Rm 6406 New York NY 10016 UNITED STATES
Phone+1 212.817.8005
General Description / Special Programs

General Description: Our 4-field training program has a long tradition of scholarly excellence, diversity, and access. We offer unique opportunities for students to develop studies and research amidst the productive dialogue around engaged scholarship, and we are committed to excellence in training students for careers in research and teaching, as well as for work in non-profit and government sectors. The program has a strong track record of taking diversity seriously, and of inclusion of underrepresented groups among its faculty and students. We have doctoral students specializing in each subfield – archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and physical anthropology. The requirement of basic instruction in all subfields for all students gives our program a distinct advantage over other programs that have abandoned 4-fields training. Early fieldwork opportunities are possible through faculty directed practicums and summer research funds. With close faculty guidance, students receive funding from NSF, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright-Hays, IIE Fulbright, SSRC, etc. Three alums have won MacArthur "Genius" awards.

Special Programs: The New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology ( is an integrated graduate training/research program in primate behavioral and evolutionary biology. Drawing faculty and selected staff from PhD-granting (CUNY, Columbia, NYU, the American Museum of Natural History), and research-focused (WCS) institutions in NYC, this unique consortium links over 60 faculty whose research focuses on human and nonhuman primates from the perspectives of morphology, paleoanthropology, systematics, molecular and population genetics, behavior, ecology and conservation biology. NYCEP students take courses in these areas at any of the four participating degree-granting universities, attend seminars that draw upon the staff of all cooperating institutions, and have the opportunity to engage in original research in labs, museums and in the field. NYCEP has attracted many women and minority students. Faculty and associates have field research programs on living primates at sites in Africa, Asia, and South America, as well as primate (including human) paleontology in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Several courses are taught jointly, alternately or with guest lectures by faculty from different institutions/departments; this collaboration cements relationships between faculty and presents students with a variety of viewpoints early in their careers.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD
Highest Degree Offered PhD
MA/ MS Requirements Students may apply for en-route MA
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements 60 credits, language, statistics/research course, written and oral exams, fieldwork
Phd Specializations Archaeology, Biological, Cultural, Linguistic
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>5-year Graduate Center Fellowships and Tuition Fellowships; Graduate Assistantships; research, travel, and dissertation write-up grants, conference presentation funds.</p>
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Archaeology and Biological Anthropology labs. Affiliation with Hunter&#39;s Bioarchaeology Lab and Brooklyn&#39;s Zooarchaeology Lab provide research opportunities.</p>
Collections Material culture, modern human and primate skeletons, and fossil primates at the American Museum of Natural History are available for research by advanced students.
Misc Information
Certs Offered 0
Students may take courses at the American Museum of Natural History, Columbia, Fordham, New York University, The New School, Princeton, Rutgers, and Stony Brook via the NY doctoral consortium, and tap the rich resources of the New York Public Library and the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo. The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization, Northern Science & Education Center, the international Archaeology Field School in Iceland (CUNY-Archaeology Institute Iceland-Oslo), and the Human Ecodynamics Research Center are managed from CUNY, providing a wide network of professional opportunities.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
December 1 for Archaeology, Cultural, or Linguistic Anthropology; December 15 for Biological Anthropology.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0