Students are expected to complete their MA Degree by the end of the second year or fourth semester, defend their proposals and “Advance to Candidacy” by the end of the third year or sixth semester in the program. Students must form a dissertation committee made up of a minimum of three qualified department faculty members by the end of the third year. The PhD must be completed in five to six years.
In addition to the general degree requirements outlined in the Departmental MA. and Ph.D. document, students specializing in archaeology have other requirements to satisfy, as described below. The archaeology faculty reserves the right to allow exceptions to any of the below rules in special cases.
MA Degree Requirements
First Year Meetings: All students are required to meet with the archaeology faculty during the first year to discuss potential MA projects, in order that the faculty might determine any additional training relevant to the student’s program, as well as assisting the student in defining an appropriate research topic.
Required Thesis or Research Paper: At the MA level, the student must prepare, and successfully defend, either an MA thesis or an MA research paper by the end of the fourth semester of academic residence. A defensible draft should be completed by the first Monday after Spring Break.
The MA thesis or MA research paper demonstrates the candidate’s abilities to identify a problem and select an appropriate research strategy, as well as presenting the results in a professional manner. A final file copy of the MA paper or thesis must be submitted by the deadlines and in the format specified by the Graduate School, and the department, before the archaeology staff can recommend granting the degree.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Advancement to Candidacy
Items 1 through 8 must be completed before the student’s committee, and hence the department can recommend ‘Advancement to Candidacy’ to the Graduate School.
Required Courses: Completion of the following required courses in archaeology.
- L48-Anth 5053 Theoretical Approaches in Archaeology
Diverse Training: Completion of courses with at least four different departmental archaeological faculty members, covering a range of theoretical skills and laboratory specializations.
Field Training: Students are required to demonstrate requisite field experience.
Research Language: On a case-by-case evaluation, the student’s dissertation committee will review and identify possible research language skills to be acquired.
Other Educational Requirements: The student’s committee may establish skill attainment in other areas, such as statistics or regional expertise, to be satisfied for the degree.
Dissertation Proposal: The student must successfully defend a dissertation proposal. It is expected that this will be accomplished by the end of the sixth semester in residence. The dissertation proposal ordinarily will be in the form of an appropriate research/dissertation improvement grant proposal prepared for submission to NSF, NEH, Wenner-Gren, or other external funding agency.
Professional Development: In-residence semesters seven and eight should be devoted to implementing the dissertation research plan, and to professional development, such as working on publications.
Fieldwork write-up outline: Within 60 days after the final field season, a detailed outline of the dissertation must be provided to the student’s principal advisor(s).
Post Fieldwork Meetings: Students must meet with their dissertation committee every year. Scheduling annual meetings with the candidate’s committee is the responsibility of the candidate.
Academic Probation Dismissal
Students who are not making satisfactory progress may be recommended for dismissal after a probationary period or be recommended for immediate dismissal in cases of extreme underperformance. Not being able to form a dissertation committee is also grounds for termination from the program.