University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Anthropology Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy - Anthropology

Required Credits: 60; This includes credits taken as part of the M.A.

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

The Ph.D. in Anthropology requires 60 credits total beyond the bachelor’s degree, completion of the coursework for the UM Anthropology M.A. or an equivalent 30+ credit master’s degree from another institution, completion of courses in specific areas of the curriculum, a comprehensive examination consisting of a defense of the student’s research proposal, a dissertation on a topic of relevance to Anthropology, and a defense of that dissertation.

The faculty expects completion of the Ph.D. within three years of earning the master’s degree. All students entering the Ph.D. program must have the equivalent of an M.A. degree before they can proceed to Ph.D. status. Students accepted into the program with only an undergraduate degree must complete the requirements of an M.A. degree prior to moving into the Ph.D. program. Students initially accepted into the M.A. program may continue into the Ph.D. program, but they must complete the M.A. degree prior to continuing; those students must also apply for the Ph.D. program during the regular application cycle (even though they are extant M.A. students).


Coursework for the Ph.D. in Anthropology requires 30 credits beyond those required for the master’s degree, for a total of 60 credits.


Reasonable substitutions of courses, including courses from other departments and institutions, may be approved by the student’s committee.

Complete all of the following courses:
ANTY 500Contemporary Anthropological Thought3
ANTY 601Research Design & Proposal Preparation3
Anthropological Theory - Complete one of the following courses:3
Seminar on Human Variation & Evolution
Seminar in Bioarcheaology & Skeletal Biology
Theory & Methods in Bioanthropology
Seminar in Contemporary Ethnography
Seminar in Archaeology
Seminar Historical Archaeology
Evolutionary Archaeology
Issues in Cultural Heritage
Seminar in Linguistics
Language and Culture
Methods - Complete one of the following courses:3
Anthropological Data Analysis
Forensic and Mortuary Archaeology
Ethnographic Field Methods
Cultural Resource Management
GIS in Archaeology
Lithic Technology
Artifact Analysis
Archaeological Survey
Archaeological Field School
Methods for Native Languages
Applied Anthropological Statistics
Advanced Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Heritage Policy & Practice
Phonetics and Phonology
Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Field Methods
NA Indigenous Language and Linguistics
Electives - Complete at least 48 credits of the following courses:48
Any graduate level course chosen in consultation with your advisor
Professional Project
Advanced Research
Additional, non-course requirements:
Comprehensive examination consisting of a defense of the student’s research proposal
Dissertation on a topic of relevance to the field of anthropology
Dissertation defense
Total Hours60