Master's Degree Program

The master’s degree may be awarded after: 1) completion of the requirements of Graduate Studies as described in the UC Davis Graduate Program Directory; 2) satisfaction of the departmental requirements; and 3) successful completion of the Preliminary Examination.

The awarding of the Master’s Degree by itself does not imply that the student may continue in the Ph.D. program. A student may pass the examination but fail to demonstrate sufficient promise overall to continue to pursue the Ph.D. degree. Such a student will be recommended for the M.A. degree upon completion of all the requirements.

Requirements for the M.A. Degree

Students must complete the residence and unit requirements set by the Graduate Council of the Davis campus and described in the UC Davis Graduate Student Guide. Students should pay close attention to the section titled "Requirements of the Advanced Degrees." The M.A. degree is granted through Plan II (examination) only. and consists of 36 upper-division or graduate units; 18 units must be in graduate courses and no more than 9 units may be for research.

Required Courses

CORE REQUIREMENTS: All students must take Anthropology 270 (the departmental colloquium) each quarter of the first year. All students must complete three of the following: ANT 200 (History 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), and ANT 205 (History and Theory in Anthropological Linguistics).

Subdiscipline requirements

ARCHAEOLOGY: Anthropology 112 (Comparative Linguistics) or 113 (Indigenous Languages of North America); ANT 122A (Economic Anthropology) or ANT 128A (Kinship and Social Organization); ANT 152 (Human Evolution) or ANT 156A (Human Osteology).

BIOLOGICAL: There are no specific course requirements. Appropriate courses should be selected in consultation with the student's major professor.

SOCIAL: Two evaluation courses selected by the student, approved by the graduate advisor, and taken during the first three quarters in residence. (An evaluation course may be any graduate seminar approved by the graduate advisor. The instructor is informed by the student at the beginning of the course that the student wishes the particular course to be an evaluation course; at the end of the course the instructor will write a student performance evaluation, which is included in the student's file for the year-end evaluation.)

Coursework taken at other universities may satisfy these subdiscipline requirements. The decision to accept previous course work for completion of the subdisciplinary requirements rests with the graduate advisor in consultation with the faculty in the subdiscipline responsible for teaching the required course(s) in question. Courses numbered 199 or 299 or their equivalent on other campuses will normally not be accepted to satisfy any of these requirements.