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Ph.D. Program in Anthropology
Students who have passed their masters exam in Anthropology at the University of Utah will be admitted to the Ph.D. program upon the recommendation of their supervisory committee (passing the exam does not guarantee admission to the Ph.D. program). Students who have completed a Master's degree in Anthropology or a closely related field at another university are also eligible to apply for admission.
The Graduate School has requirements concerning hours of coursework, GPA, residency, and required forms that must be filed. Registration requirements include two consecutive semesters of full-time registration (9 credit hours per semester), 14 credit hours of ANTH 7970 (dissertation research), and 3 credit hours of registration during the semester in which the dissertation is defended. There is no University-wide language requirement. Anthro 7990 (continuing registration), which carries a minimal charge, is available for a maximum of 4 semesters to students who are working on the dissertation and not using university resources. See the section on Dissertation for more information on 7990, and consult the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of these requirements.
Please see the page on supervisory committees. Close contact with your committee is essential to success in the program.
The departmental requirements for the doctorate include coursework, a qualifying examination, and preparation and defense of the dissertation. These requirements must be completed within six years after acceptance into the Ph.D. program. Extensions must be approved by the supervisory committee.
1. CourseworkStudents are required to take Anthropology 6611 (Preparation of grant proposals) and are expected to have basic proficiency in statistics. Additional course requirements are determined by the student's supervisory committee.
2. Qualifying Examination
The exam consists of two components: (a) a breadth requirement and (b) a dissertation research proposal.
A. Breadth Requirement. The student must prepare a substantial written piece that demonstrates a breadth of understanding in the student's general area of anthropological research. There are two ways to satisfy this requirement. The choice should be made by the student in consultation with, and with approval of, the supervisory committee:
An oral follow-up with the supervisory committee is required, ten days after submission of one of the above options. Based on the written work and the oral, the student may be discouraged from further participation in the program, or advised to begin dissertation research and the preparation of a research proposal (step 2).
B. Dissertation Proposal. The student must write a formal dissertation research proposal, and should consult with the supervisory committee while doing so. Final approval will be given in a conference attended by the student and supervisory committee. It is recommended that the proposal be completed within six months of finishing step I, above.
The supervisory committee is responsible for approving the content of the dissertation. It is important to consult with the committee regularly during the research and writing; students who surprise their committees with a final product without such consultation are taking a risk. A final oral examination (usually known as the "dissertation defense") is open to the academic and professional community, and must be passed at least four weeks before graduation.
We recommend that students schedule a final meeting with the full committee prior to the defense to discuss any changes the committee feels are necessary. Please allow the committee four weeks to read the manuscript. The defense is scheduled only after the committee agrees that the dissertation is substantially complete.
The Graduate Catalog has specific requirements concerning forms, advertisement of the oral exam, registration, and format and publication of the dissertation. Some requirements must be met in the semester before you plan to graduate.
COURSE 7990 (CONTINUING REGISTRATION), which carries a minimal charge, is for students who are working on their dissertation and not using university resources. The grad school has some stiff regulations about this course:
The department doesn't have the staffing to keep track of everyone's hours and loan status, so be careful. There are two pitfalls: (a) as soon as you enroll in 7990, you may have to start repaying student loans, and (b) if you enroll in more than fours semesters of 7990, the University will eventually figure this out and will then bill you retroactively for the regular credit hours you should have enrolled in.
This page is accurate for departmental requirements, but information regarding university-wide requirements and regulations could become out of date. Please check the graduate school catalogue for current information about 7990, requirements regarding leaves of absence, and all other university regulations.
Opportunities and policies are on the financial aid page .