The UCF Ph.D. in Integrative Anthropological Sciences prepares graduates with scientific and technology skills, and the use of these STEM skills to address important societal questions. Graduates will benefit from anthropology’s conceptual strengths in understanding and accommodating diversity.

This program is specifically designed to prepare graduates for employment in the private and government sectors. Students should expect to enroll in high-level methodological courses in statistics, GIScience and qualitative analysis.

The central purpose of the program is to produce graduates with the necessary methodological expertise and analytical skills to create innovative solutions to the ongoing challenges of local and global disparities. For example:

  • How does society adapt to disparities such as food deserts, immigration and differential access to healthcare, environmental and anthropogenic crises?
  • How cultures adapt to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and to anthropogenic crises such as technological failures, and the resilience and vulnerability of human populations (e.g., infectious disease)?

The program will take advantage of existing institutional commitments to established interdisciplinary collaboration to strengthen cross-disciplinary ties and produce graduates able to triangulate using multiple methodologies to address current, complex problems.

Why Pursue a Doctorate in Integrative Anthropological Sciences?

The program is particularly focused on preparing graduates for success in private sector and government employment, not only academic positions, by offering training in a range of sophisticated methodologies.These methodologies include:

  • Geospatial analyses
  • 3D modeling and visualization
  • Materials and isotopic sciences
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods

Program Requirements

Our program requires advanced coursework in geospatial analysis, statistics, qualitative analysis and a cornerstone applications course. We are particularly seeking to prepare graduates for careers in three core areas, notably:

  • Remote Sensing Science and Technology
  • Natural and Medical Health Services Management
  • Business Analysis


This program integrates methodologies from the science and technology components of STEM -science, technology, engineering and math, with the theoretical and analytical strengths of social science to address critical social challenges related to transformation. The curriculum is comprised of the following basic elements:

  • Core curriculum focused on methodological expertise
  • Topical curriculum covering the dynamics of transformation in human societies
  • Professional competence in workplace skills embedded into all courses
  • Experiential learning via independent research

Approval and implementation of the proposed degree program will bolster the University of Central Florida’s strategic goal of deploying distinctive assets to find solutions to ongoing societal challenges as well as positioning the university to achieve national and international prominence in the interdisciplinary graduate study of social transformation and change.

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Application Requirements

  • A master’s degree or its equivalent in anthropology or a closely related discipline. Students must have completed a masters degree at the time of matriculation. The Graduate Program Coordinator and Doctoral Program Committee, in discussion with appropriate faculty, will evaluate the suitability and applicability of MA or MS degrees in other disciplines for admission purposes.
  • Official copies (sent from institution) of undergraduate and graduate transcripts from accredited institutions. Students should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all master’s level work completed. This standard will be determined based on a review of the master’s transcript.
  • A competitive score on each of the quantitative and verbal sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years prior to admission to the program. Official test results must be sent from ETS directly to UCF.
  • A personal statement that must specify the student’s educational background and qualifications, research interests and goals, geographical area of research (if applicable), and the faculty they would like to work with.  The statement should not exceed 500 words.
  • A current curriculum vita.
  • A writing sample of the applicant’s academic work that is at least 2500 words long and demonstrates the ability to conduct graduate-level work.
  • Three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s academic performance, and their suitability and potential for undertaking doctoral studies.  At least one of these letters must be written by a faculty member from the institution where the master’s degree was earned, preferably the thesis advisor. Letters should not be more than 12-months old at the time of application.
  • An interview with the potential advisor, in coordination with the Doctoral Program Committee, conducted either in-person on campus, by phone, or Skype.
  • International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other equivalent test approved by the Graduate College, unless they hold a degree from a U.S. accredited institution. The TOEFL is strongly preferred. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 90 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 232 on the computer-based test, or 575 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants should plan to take the appropriate test no later than December to ensure consideration of their applications by the January 1 deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall: December 1st

Multi-year funding is available for qualified applications. Meeting admissions requirements does not guarantee admission.

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