Requirements for the Ph.D.

Requirements for the Ph.D.

To qualify for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D., you must:

  1. complete twelve (12) term courses, at least two of them with a grade of Honors (H) and maintain an average grade of High Pass (HP)
  2. demonstrate language proficiency, as determined by your advisory committee;
  3. demonstrate competency in statistics/quantitative methods, as determined by your advisory committee;
  4. pass the written and oral qualifying examinations by the end of the fourth semester of registration;
  5. submit a dissertation prospectus to your committee and hold a prospectus defense. Once the committee has approved the prospectus, it must then be approved by the faculty. Prospectus submissions and defenses must be scheduled so that an approved prospectus is submitted to the entire faculty by one week before the penultimate faculty meeting of the year. In principle this means the meeting during the first week of April, although typically an extra meeting during which faculty members vote on dissertation readers’ report takes place in mid-April. Once the prospectus is approved, it is submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Graduate School Bulletin provides general guidelines for prospectuses. Departmental guidelines vary somewhat by subfield, as described below. However, all Anthropology Graduate students are required to prepare a document not longer than about 2,500 words; this is the document that will be subjected to a faculty vote and then submitted to the Graduate School. The prospectus submission process must be completed by the end of the sixth semester of registration.

After being admitted to candidacy, the only requirement left to obtain the Ph.D. is to submit a dissertation, which must then be approved by the department faculty.