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.

Credits 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.

Archaeology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
ANTHRO 568Introduction to Anthropological Statistics3
Select one of the following:3
ANTHRO 380
Anthropological Applications of GIS
ANTHRO 501
Archaeology of Death
ANTHRO 525
Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains
ANTHRO 535
Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics
ANTHRO 562
Techniques and Problems in Archaeology
ANTHRO 566
Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation:
ANTHRO 567
Archaeological Field School
ANTHRO 768
Topics in Advanced Research Design in Anthropology
Or an alternative approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies
Advanced Seminar
ANTHRO 763Professionalism in Anthropology3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Biological Anthropology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
ANTHRO 568Introduction to Anthropological Statistics3
Course approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies3
Advanced Seminar
Course approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Cultural Anthropology Concentration

Core
ANTHRO 801A Survey of Physical Anthropology3
ANTHRO 802Perspectives on Prehistory3
ANTHRO 803Survey of Cultural Anthropology3
Methods
Select two of the following:6
ANTHRO 560
Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology
ANTHRO 561
Techniques and Problems in Ethnography
ANTHRO 568
Introduction to Anthropological Statistics
Advanced Seminar
ANTHRO 940Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology:3
Electives
Select 12 credits12
Total Credits30

Students may request a waiver for any of the above 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.

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 Ph.D. program must retake the course until they achieve a grade of B or better.

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.

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.