MA Requirements

Residence Requirements and length of Graduate Program:

The University regulations require that a student must complete all requirements for the M.A. degree, including thesis, within five years from the date of his/her admission to the graduate program. A seriously motivated student should be able to earn the M.A. degree within two to three years, if an appropriate thesis topic can be selected early, and field work begun promptly.

Archaeology

The course requirements for the degree consist of a minimum of 12 credit units at the graduate level, of which 3 c.u. must be Arch 805.3. A thesis is required and must be an original piece of work, normally based upon research carried out by the student in the field. An oral defense of the thesis concludes the program.
In addition, students will be required to complete GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity and if thesis research involves Humans, GSR 961 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research, and ARCH 990 and 994.

Anthropology

The MA program is a two year program, requiring at least 12 credit units of coursework, plus a thesis based on original research along with an oral defence. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and adjustments made to coursework requirements as required.

The program has, as its base, two core courses in Anthropological theory and methods. They are required courses for all students.

In addition to the two required core courses, one specialist course in medical or environmental anthropology (depending on stream), and one elective (possibly chosen in an allied field) round out the coursework requirement, providing both a solid theoretical and methodological foundation and intesive specialization in the appropriate subfield of anthropology.

Required coursework will include the following.

Core Courses:

ANTH 801.3: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
ANTH 802.3: Ethnographic Theory and Method or an alternate course in research methodology approved by the department

Medical Anthropology Stream:

ANTH 804.3: Medical Anthropology

Environmental Anthropology Stream:

ANTH 806.3: Environmental Anthropology

All students will take an additional 3 credit unit elective (in either ANTH or an allied field) to be chosen in consultation with the student's supervisory committee.

In addition, students will be required to complete GSR 960 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity and 961 Ethics and Integrity in Human Research, and ANTH 990 and 994.