Graduate Students 

LSU Graduate Student Offerings

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Anthropology with a Forensic Anthropology thesis option; however, there is no MA in Forensic Anthropology offered.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anthropology with a Forensic Anthropology dissertation option; however, there is no PhD in Forensic Anthropology offered.
  • Graduate-level courses related to Forensic Anthropology are available.
  • Laboratory experience and field recovery opportunities are available to MA and PhD students focusing on Forensic Anthropology.
  • A small number of graduate assistantships (tuition + stipend) are offered on a competitive basis through the FACES Laboratory.
  • Applications will not be considered after January 25 of each year for Fall semester admission.

Please contact Dr. Listi ( for more information on the graduate program and opportunities at the FACES Laboratory.

Graduate Students Interested in Forensic Anthropology

Keep in mind that Forensic anthropology is a very competitive field. There are few universities that specialize in and provide an education in forensic anthropology, although it is not required to have a degree that is specific to Forensic Anthropology in order to work in the field. The number of masters programs in forensic anthropology are low and highly competitive. Each program accepts a small number of students each year. 

The American Board of Forensic Anthropology has a good FAQ page that answers many common questions. It is highly recommended that you read through each question and answer.

Requirements for Application for MA & PhD in Anthropology at LSU

  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • All transcripts
  • As of January 2023, a valid GRE score is not required but is optional

Information on how to apply to Graduate School at LSU or any other university can be found on the Undergraduate Student page.