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MA Program Steps:

Abbreviations

  • A = Advisor; committee chair
  • C = Student's faculty committee
  • D = Dean of Graduate Education
  • G = Graduate Secretary
  • GPD = Graduate Program Director
  • S = Student

First Steps to the MA Degree -- Steps 1 and 2

  • 1. GPD: designates an initial A for the S. Writes to the S before S's first enrollment indicating the name of the A; A gets a copy of this letter.
  • 2. S: meets with A before registration for first semester's courses. Note: If S has been admitted as a regular degree student, skip now to step 10; if S has been admitted on a provisional basis, steps 3 through 9 must be completed before proceeding to step 10.

Provisional Students' Steps -- Steps 3 through 9

  • 3. A: together with S, designates two more faculty members to complete the constitution of the provisional committee.
  • 4. S: completes Form 1; Gets A's signature and then gives it to the G to be signed by the GPD and filed.
  • 5. C: reviews previous work and plans the requirements for the provisional program.
  • 6. A: completes Form 8, signs it, and gives it to the G who will get the GPD's signature and file it.
  • 7. S: completes provisional program requirements. C reviews S's work as outlined in Form 8 and makes a recommendation to the GPD on Form 9.
  • 8. GPD: officially changes S's status by sending D Form 9, keeping a copy for S's Basic File.
  • 9. D: changes student's registration status.

E. The MA Program -- Steps 10 through 17

  • 10. S: meets with A. The two select a second faculty member; the three in?dividuals then plan the course of study for the S's first semester as a regular MA student.
  • 11. S: convenes meeting of these two faculty members during the first semester where the three individuals select a third faculty member to complete the MA advisory committee. Note that at least two sub-fields of anthropology must be represented on this advisory committee. The student completes Form 1, has it signed by A, and submits it to G who gets GPD's signature and files it in the student's Basic File.
  • 12. S: drafts the outline for the MA core course of study and has the C review it. When it is acceptable to the C, A completes Form 3, and submits it to the G for GPD approval, with a copy of the outline attached. The G places both in the student's Basic File.
  • 13. S: begins core course program, conveying graded papers written for core courses to G who logs them into S's Basic File. S notifies core course professors that evaluations about S's work are to be written at the end of the courses.
  • 14. Core course professors: provide written evaluations of S's work and submit them to G who logs them into S's Basic File.
  • 15. S: schedules a meeting of C, using Form 4, before the beginning of the third semester of study in the department. A signs Form 4, sends it to the G who gets GPD's signature and places it in the student's Basic File.
  • 16. C: decides what additional work beyond the core program shall be required of S to complete all MA degree requirements. A completes Form 5 (copy to student) and submits it to the G who gets GPD's signature and places it in the student's Basic File.
  • 17. S: completes MA course and credit requirements (see Chapter V, section C) and finishes the remaining MA program requirements as spelled out in Form 5.
  • Note: If a thesis is required, S completes steps 18 through 24. If no thesis is required, then S skips to step 25.

MA Thesis Steps -- Steps 18 - 24

  • 18. S: prepares a formal outline of the MA thesis and prepares a separate and preceding signatory page to be signed by all committee members and the department chair.
  • 19. S: completes Form 2 to constitute the MA advisory committee as the MA thesis committee, has A sign it, and sends it to the G who gets GPD's signature. GPD sends original Form 2 to D, with the original thesis outline appended, with its signatory page, inviting the D to appoint the C as the MA thesis committee. This step must occur at least four months before step 27 can occur.
  • 20. D: appoints thesis committee.
  • 21. S: prepares thesis, following both C directions and format requirements as set forth in the Typing Guidelines for Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations, available in the Graduate School at the Office of Degree Requirements.
  • 22. S: must register for at least 6 but not more than 9 thesis credits (Anthropology 699), while writing the thesis.
  • 23. S: once the thesis is complete and acceptable to C, S schedules the thesis defense by completing Form 4 and submitting it to G who gets GPD's signature and places it in the student's Basic File. This step must take place at least two weeks before the MA thesis defense and general examination.
  • 24. GPD: announces MA thesis defense and general examination by giving a copy of Form 4 to the departmental chair who publishes the details in the MegaMemo.
  • Note: thesis writers now skip to step 27.

G. Thesis Defense and MA General Examination -- Steps 25 - 27

  • 25. S: when the remaining MA program steps outlined in Form 5 are finished, S completes Form 4, gets A's signature on it, and submits it to the G who gets GPD's signature and places it in the student's Basic File.
  • 26. GPD: announces MA general examination by giving a copy of Form 4 to the departmental chair who then publishes the details in the MegaMemo.
  • 27. C: holds MA thesis defense and/or MA general examination, reporting results to the GPD on Form 7. GPD signs Form 7, and the G copies it and sends the original to the D and places the copy in the student's Basic File.

MA Diploma Requirements -- Steps 28 - 30

  • 28. S: completes MA course and credit requirements; completes the "Certificate of Eligibility for a Master's Degree," available from G, and submits it to GPD along with one unbound copy of the MA thesis (printed on acid-free paper), if the thesis is required as part of the student's MA program.
  • 29. GPD: checks certificate with S for accuracy, signs it, obtains departmental chair's signature, and sends it to the D.
  • 30. S: satisfies Graduate School fee and form requirements and, if applicable, submits the original signed version of the thesis and one copy (both on acid-free paper) to the Office of Degree Requirements, being careful to follow thesis committee instructions and the procedures stated in the Graduate School's Typing Guidelines for Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.

 

 
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