A plan of study, including a statement of proposed coursework, and thesis subject if applicable, must be submitted to and approved by the student's advisor by the third semester in residence.
Students may apply to the degree up to 12 hours of study in disciplines outside of, but related to, the discipline of anthropology, with the approval of their graduate advisor. Such courses must be taken at the 5000 level or above.
A graduate student must receive a grade of B- or better in a course in order to have it count toward graduation, and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing.
A minimum of two full years devoted to advanced study is required by the Graduate School; students are strongly discouraged from spending more than four years to attain the M.A. degree. Generally, three years of full-time participation are required to complete the M.A. degree. Most of our students attend part time, and thus take slightly longer to complete their degree program.
All students are required to pass a written comprehensive examination, taken ordinarily after core course work has been completed.