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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.

University Requirements

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. ANTH 7990 (continuing registration), which carries a minimal charge, is available for a maximum of four 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. You are responsible for knowing the Graduate School Requirements.

Departmental 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. Coursework

Students 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 anthropological research.  There are three ways to satisfy this requirement.  The choice should be made by the student in consultation with, and approval by the supervisory committee:

i. A research or review paper on a different area/topic than the student’s planned dissertation focus, of a quality determined by the committee to warrant publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

ii. A take-home exam covering four areas of professional specialization, one of them geographical. The questions will be chosen by the supervisory committee, and a two-week period will be given to complete the exam.  The two-week period may be modified at the committee's discretion, but it is expected that this will be done only under unusual circumstances.

iii. A grant proposal on a topic other than the dissertation proposal, following the guidelines of a funding agency approved by the chair of the supervisory committee.

NOTE: 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 II).

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.

3. Dissertation

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. 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.

Graduating Ph.D Students must supply the Anthropology Department with 1- hardbound (not spiral bound) copy of their dissertation no later than 60 days after approval of your dissertation by the Graduate School.  The Campus Bookstore offers a dissertation binding service. The cost is approximately $60.00 through the Campus Bookstore, call 801-581-5352 for more information. Competitive pricing may be found at other binderies.  The size must be 8 ½" x 11" and the color of the hardbound book may be either solid red, solid black, or solid blue. The student's name and dissertation title must be embossed on the front of the book.  The year the dissertation was defended and the student's name must be on the spine of the book.  A copy of the signed Supervisory Committee Approval and the Final Reading Approval, signed by the Dean of The Graduate School, must be included as the first two pages of the hardbound copy.

ANTH 7990 (CONTINUING REGISTRATION), which carries a minimal charge, is for students who are working on their dissertation and not using university resources. The Graduate School has the following regulations about this course:

  • You may enroll in only four semesters of ANTH 7990
  • Per the Graduate School ANTH 7990 "cannot be used for verification of half- or full-time enrollment in order to qualify for deferment of student loan repayments or to receive student loan funds."


Last Updated: 11/22/17