Each student admitted to the graduate program in the Department of Anthropology is responsible for knowing the curricular requirements. We encourage prospective students to make contact with currently enrolled graduate students, and to communicate with faculty members in relevant areas of specialization.
To obtain the Master’s degree, Students in Anthropology are required complete 36 units of upper division or graduate coursework. Of these 36 units, 18 must be from graduate courses (numbered in the 200s) and no more than 9 units can be for research (ANT 299). A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to remain in good standing, and students must enroll in 12 units per quarter. Students must be in residence for a minimum of three quarters and must pass a written preliminary examination and a comprehensive capstone examination.
Students are required to complete, with no lower than a B grade, three courses in statistics covering psychometrics and the analysis of experimental and correlational data, analysis of variance and covariance, and multivariate analysis. Students complete at least one of these courses before taking the preliminary written examination.
Language: Advanced knowledge of a foreign language satisfied by upper division coursework 15 units, by translation of a scholarly article, or by conversation with a faculty member proficient in the language.
- ANT 270 (department colloquium) 3 units
- Any three of the following: 12 units
- ANT 200 (History and Theory of Anthropology)*
- ANT 201 (Critical Readings in Ethnography)
- ANT 202 (History and Theory of Biological Anthropology)*
- ANT 203 (History and Theory of Archaeology)*
- ANT 204 (Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory)
- ANT 205 (History and Theory in Anthropological Linguistics)
- ANT 122A (Economic Anthropology) OR ANT 128A (Kinship and Social Organization)
- ANT 152 (Human Evolution) OR ANT 156 (Human Osteology)
Foreign Language Requirement
These requirements are in addition to those for the M.A. degree.
Statistics 4 units
- An upper division or graduate level course in statistics (with a grade of "B-" or better) must be completed before the Qualifying Examination can be scheduled. "S" grades are not sufficient (e.g., ANT 217)
Total 40 units
Research Proposal (part of Qualifying Exam)
Written Exam (part of Qualifying Exam)
Oral Exam (part of Qualifying Exam)
During their first year students should:
- work toward completing the degree requirements, specifically targeting ANT 200, 202 and 203
- enroll in ANT 270, our colloquium series to obtain a breadth of knowledge about evolutionary anthropology
- prepare for their preliminary exams, which are taken toward the end of the spring quarter
During their second year students should:
- continue their coursework, ensuring that all required courses are completed
- work closely with their major professor to develop their research proposal
- complete their capstone requirement, which is either a research proposal or publishable paper with oral presentation. Often this requirement can be fulfilled through the successful completion of ANT 216 when it is taught as a research proposal writing and presenting seminar.
During their third year students should:
- prepare for their qualifying exam
- in consultation with their major professor, select a committee
- prepare a research proposal
- prepare for their written exams
- prepare for their oral exams
- prepare applications for external funding for their dissertation research
During their fourth through sixth years students should
- collect data to support their dissertation research
- write their dissertation
- publish research articles
- present at regional, national and international conferences
- gain experience as the instructor of record (IOR) for a course
Be sure to familiarize yourself with these materials:
- Graduate Student Guide that the UC Davis Graduate Studies office has prepared
- Department of Anthropology Graduate Program Handbook
We also encourage prospective and students to familiarize themselves with forms and informational materials from UC Davis Graduate Studies.