University of Wisconsin–Madison

Table of Master’s requirements

Students choose from one of four concentrations/tracks (also referred to as “sections”) in the department. Students in the Cultural concentration will earn a Master of Arts. Students in the Archaeology, Biological, or Intersectional concentrations will work with their advisor and a department committee to determine if the coursework they take meets the requirements for a Master of Arts or a Master of Science. Table of basic requirements by section (click on subdiscipline name at top of column for more information):

STEPS/SECTION ARCHAEOLOGY BIOLOGICAL CULTURAL INTERSECTIONAL
MINIMUM RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT 16 credits Same Same Same
CREDITS: Minimum 30 credits of graduate course work, including three 900-level seminars in archaeology Minimum 30 credits of graduate course work Minimum 30 credits of graduate course work, including two required courses in cultural (860 and 900) and one additional 900-level seminar (not to include 909 if continuing in Ph.D. program) Minimum 30 credits of graduate course work
QUALIFYING EXAM: INCOMING B.A. STUDENTS AND MASTER’S STUDENTS: By end of 2nd year or 4th semester for both incoming B.A. or M.A. (but M.A. students are encouraged to take after 2 semesters) After the end of the 2nd year for incoming B.A. students, after the end of the 2nd semester for incoming M.A. students In January of the 2nd year As defined by committee
FORMAT OF QUALIFYING EXAM: Two parts, written, four hours each day. 1: World Prehistory and Field of Student’s Specialization 2: Archaeological Method and Theory Two parts, written, two days. 1: General principles and theory 2: Testing in student’s chosen field of specialization Take home written exam. Students choose 2 out of 5-6 questions to answer and have 2 weeks to write the exam As defined by committee
M.A./M.S. REQUIREMENTS: Successful Qualifying Exam pass at M.A. or Ph.D. level and two term papers from graduate seminars submitted at the time of Qualifying Exam. No M.A. thesis requirement Successful Qualifying Exam pass at M.A. or Ph.D. level and two term papers from graduate seminars submitted at the time of Qualifying Exam. No M.A. thesis requirement. Successful Qualifying Exam pass at M.A. or Ph.D. level.
No M.A. thesis requirement
Successful Qualifying Exam pass at M.A. or Ph.D. Level and other requirements as defined by committee. No M.A. Thesis requirement