Ideal candidates will have a very strong undergraduate record/degree in a field of anthropology.

Evaluation of applications will focus on:
  1. Undergraduate Academic Record (final grade point average, courses taken, consistency of grades from class to class including those taken outside the major).
  2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Minimum score required for GRE is 1100)
  3. Language Competency
  4. Professional References (addressing work ethic, responsibility, reliability and academic and professional potential)
  5. Letter of Intent
  6. Personal Interview (preferably in person, although phone interviews are acceptable)

1. Undergraduate Career

Students must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. All undergraduate majors will be considered, especially those with a strong anthropology or archaeology foundation. The applicant’s experience in different fields will also be considered.

2. GRE Scores

Satisfactory scores from the Graduate Record Exam (General Test) (note that the school's requirement for GRE scores is 1100 or above). Scores must be received by the school by 1 February, 2009. For more information about the GRE, click here

3. Language Requirements

Prior to matriculating at Mercyhurst University, all candidates must pass a foreign language proficiency test or a full-year foreign language course at an accredited institution. For those students whose primary language is not English, they will be required to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to entrance into the program. The test is offered on computer in most regions of the world. In areas where access to computer-based testing is limited, a supplemental paper-and-pencil version of the test is administered.

4. Professional References

Letters of recommendation are required from three educational or professional contacts or employers who have known the applicant for a substantial amount of time on a professional basis. In addition to the letters, contacts must fill in a graduate recommendation form.

5. Letter of Intent

Applicants are required to write a 300-400 word essay outlining the student’s education and career aspirations as well as any relevant and/or interesting life experience and any additional information the applicant feels that would be important to include. This may include any funding or scholarships achieved by the applicant, research projects, internships, professional meetings attended, publications, past careers, special skills, etc.

6. Personal Interview

All candidates will be requested to have an interview with the director of the program. As the master's program requires an abundance of group work, personable, adaptable students are an important asset. Compatible personalities are essential in order to produce a cohesive group and working environment.


To apply to Mercyhurst University, click here.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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