PhD Requirements

Course of Study

Minimum degree requirement is 54 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM. A student lacking any of the courses (or equivalents taken elsewhere) required to attain a Master’s degree in his/her major area of concentration must complete these courses as part of his/her PhD work.

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.


Total Credits

54 credits

Total credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least 27 of which must be earned in residence at UWM

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 Course (3 credits)
  • Anthro 380 - Anthropological Applications of GIS, 3credits
  • Anthro 501 - Archaeology of Death, 3credits
  • Anthro 525 - Zooarchaeology: Analysis of Faunal Remains, 3credits
  • Anthro 535 - Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics, 3credits
  • Anthro 560 - Introduction to Research Methods in Anthropology, 3credits
  • Anthro 561 - Techniques and Problems in Ethnography, 3credits
  • Anthro 562 - Techniques and Problems in Archaeology, 3credits
  • Anthro 566 - Archaeological Analysis and Report Preparation: (Subtitled), 3 or 6 credits
  • Anthro 567 - Archaeological Field School, 3 or 6 credits
  • Anthro 568 - Introduction to Anthropological Statistics, 3credits
  • Anthro 768 - Topics in Advanced Research Design in Anthropology, 3credits
Advanced Seminar (3 credits)
  • Anthro 940 - Seminar in Problems in Cultural Anthropology: (Subtitled), 3credits
  • Anthro 942 - Seminar in Prehistory and Archaeology: (Subtitled), 3credits
  • Anthro 950 - Seminar in Problems in Physical Anthropology: (Subtitle), 3credits
  • Other course with the approval of the advisor and Director of Graduate Studies
Foreign Language or Specialized Scholarly Skill

The candidate may satisfy this requirement by demonstrating one of the following:

  • Proficiency in a foreign language useful in the student’s career.
  • Proficiency in mathematical, statistical, or computer skills
  • Proficiency in other skills that meet departmental approval.


The student must meet minimum Graduate School Residence Requirements.

Doctoral Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Proposal Defense

The candidate must pass an oral doctoral preliminary examination as one of the qualifications for achieving dissertator status. Candidates choose two to four topics in consultation with their advisor for the Preliminary Examination. The topics must be broader than, but related to, the focus of the candidate's proposed dissertation research. The topics must be approved by the Department's Graduate Studies Committee and the Department faculty. The preliminary examination must be passed within five years of initial enrollment for a student to be eligible to continue in the program.

The candidate must pass a formal dissertation proposal hearing prior to starting dissertation research.


The candidate must prepare a dissertation reporting in the candidate's own style the results of an original research investigation representing a substantive creative contribution.

The dissertation must be formatted in accord with Graduate School requirements. Students will submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the Graduate School and a signed, unbound "hard" copy to the Department of Anthropology.

Dissertation Defense

As the final step toward the degree, the candidate must pass an oral examination before his/her doctoral committee in defense of the dissertation.

Time Limit

All degree requirements must be completed within ten years from the date of initial enrollment in the doctoral program.

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.