MS Requirements

Credits, Concentrations and Courses

Students in the Master’s degree program in Anthropology are required to take a minimum of 30 credits, some of which are obtained by taking required courses. Required courses differ by concentration (requirements for students seeking to acquire a Certificate in Museum Studies are listed on that page).

Major Professor as Advisor

The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student selects an advisor, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, by the end of the first semester of the program.

Requirements

Total Credits

30 credits

Required courses differ by concentration (requirements for students seeking to acquire a Certificate in Museum Studies are listed on that page.

Students may request a waiver for any of the required courses except the advanced seminar. To request a waiver, a student must submit a letter to the Graduate Studies Committee. Requests must be accompanied by documentation demonstrating that the student is competent in the subject area of the course for which the waiver is sought. A waived course must be replaced by an anthropology course numbered 700 or above.



Archaeology Concentration

Core courses (9 credits)

  • Anthro 801 - A Survey of Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 802 - Perspectives on Prehistory, 3 credits
  • Anthro 803 - Survey of Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits

Methods courses (6 credits)
Required

  • Anthro 568 - Introduction to Anthropological Statistics, 3 credits

One from the following or an alternative approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies:

  • Anthro 380 - Anthropological Applications of GIS, 3 credits
  • Anthro 501 - Archaeology of Death, 3 credits
  • Anthro 525 - Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains, 3 credits
  • Anthro 535 - Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics, 3 credits
  • Anthro 562- Techniques and Problems in Archaeology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 566 - Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitled), 3 or 6 credits
  • Anthro 567 - Archaeological Field School, 3 or 6 credits
  • Anthro 768 - Topics in Advanced Research Design in Anthropology, 3 credits

Advanced Seminar (3 Credits)

  • Anthro 763 - Professionalism in Anthropology, 3 credits

Electives (9 Credits)



Biological Anthropology Concentration

Core courses (9 Credits)

  • Anthro 801 - A Survey of Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 802 - Perspectives on Prehistory, 3 credits
  • Anthro 803 - Survey of Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits

Methods courses (6 Credits)
Required

  • Anthro 568 - Introduction to Anthropological Statistics, 3 credits
  • Anthro 701 - Problems, Methods, and Techniques in Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
    or
    An alternative approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies

Advanced seminar (3 Credits)

  • Anthro 950 - Seminar in Problems in Physical Anthropology: (Subtitle)
    or
    An alternative approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies

Electives (12 Credits)



Cultural Anthropology Concentration

Core courses (9 Credits)

  • Anthro 801 - A Survey of Physical Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 802 - Perspectives on Prehistory, 3 credits
  • Anthro 803 - Survey of Cultural Anthropology, 3 credits

Methods courses (6 Credits)
Two of the following:

  • Anthro 560 - Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 561 - Techniques and Problems in Ethnography, 3 credits
  • Anthro 568 - Introduction to Anthropological Statistics, 3 credits

Advanced seminar (3 Credits)

  • Anthro 940 - Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology: (Subtitled), 3 credits

Electives (12 Credits)



GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a B (3.0) average or better overall. The three core courses must be completed with an average of 3.0 or better. Students with a grade below a B in a core course subsequently accepted into the PhD program must retake the course until they achieve a grade of B or better.

Thesis Requirement

A thesis is required of all students; students may apply up to 6 credits of Research/Thesis courses toward meeting the minimum credits for the degree. The thesis must be formatted in accord with Graduate School requirements. Students will submit an electronic copy of the thesis to the Graduate School and a signed, unbound "hard" copy to the Department of Anthropology.

Thesis Defense

The student must pass an oral thesis defense. The examination committee must consist of at least three individuals, with a majority being members of the Anthropology Department.



Time Limit

The student must complete all degree requirements within five years of initial enrollment.

Graduate Grievance Procedures

Federal law and UWM policy require programs and departments to have procedures for graduate students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. These pages serve as a reference on procedures for graduate student academic appeals.