The main purpose of the Master of Arts degree program is to prepare students to begin teaching, research, or service careers with a solid background in Anthropology. Undergraduate coursework in anthropology, while helpful, is not a prerequisite for admission. However, students with no previous training in anthropology are expected to remedy deficiencies prior to taking the M.A. examination.

Requirements for the master’s degree include credit hour requirements, core course requirements, and a six-hour comprehensive, written Master of Arts examination.


Course Requirements

A candidate for the masters degree is required to complete 30 hours of graduate credit, including an approved statistics course (3 hours) in which the student has earned a grade of C or better. The statistics requirement will be waived for those with prior statistical training if the student is able to demonstrate a level of computer and statistical training comparable to that of the required statistics course. Students interested in this option should petition to the Department.

No more than 6 semester hours may be taken in 300-level courses (advanced undergraduate courses).

All M.A. candidates are required to maintain a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 (“B”) in order to qualify for the M.A. degree.


Graduate Advisors

New students will be assigned to a Graduate Student Advisor to help organize a program of study consistent with his or her previous background and interests.


Comprehensive Exam

All M.A. candidates, including students coming to the Department with a M.A. degree from another university or department, are required to take a six hour comprehensive written qualifying examination. This examination must be taken before the completion of 30 credit hours of graduate work. Written M.A. examinations can receive one of three grades: “High Pass,” “Pass,” or “Fail.”

“High Pass” signifies performance sufficient for both the M.A. degree and advancement to the Ph.D. program, provided other requirements also have been satisfied.

“Pass” signifies adequate performance for the M.A. degree, but insufficient to enter the Ph.D. program.

“Fail” means a performance inadequate for the M.A. degree.

In the cases of grades of “Pass” and “Fail,” the written examination can be retaken once in the subsequent semester.