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2013-2014 Program Requirements for UCLA Graduate Degrees

Applicable only to students admitted during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Archaeology

Interdepartmental Program
College of Letters and Science

Graduate Degrees

The Archaeology Program offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Archaeology.

Admission

Program Name

Archaeology

Archaeology is an interdepartmental program. Interdepartmental programs provide an integrated curriculum of several disciplines.

Address

A148 Fowler Museum
Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510 

Phone

(310) 825-4169 

Email

erika.santoyo@ioa.ucla.edu  

Leading to the degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

The department admits only applicants whose objective is the Ph.D.. 

Admission Limited to

Fall 

Deadline to apply

December 15th 

GRE (General and/or Subject)

GRE: General 

Letters of Recommendation 

Other Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose.

M.A.: The program leading to an M.A. in Archaeology is considered the first step toward the Ph.D.; the department does not admit applicants whose final degree objective is the master's degree.

Applicants should submit a plan of study (including a statement of objectives, an outline of projected coursework, and a general indication of an M.A. paper); preparation in and/or plans for language study; and a research paper preferably relevant to archaeology or comparable evidence of scholarly work.

Applicants who have not completed a course in quantitative methods in archaeology may be advised to take a corresponding course at UCLA, if relevant to their research. This course does not count toward the minimum course requirements for the degree.

Ph.D.: Applicants are expected to hold a UCLA master's degree in Archaeology. Doctoral students entering the program with a master's degree from another university are required to pass the comprehensive core seminars and examinations and to demonstrate the ability to read at least one foreign language relevant to the area of interest and approved by the student's adviser. This requirement may be met by taking a reading examination administered by the program. 

Master's Degree

Advising

The chair of the program serves as graduate adviser. Each student has a committee chair, determined by mutual agreement, who acts as principal adviser. Student progress toward the degree is discussed every academic quarter by the members of the Executive Committee. Students receive a written checklist of their progress annually and a copy is sent to their adviser.

Areas of Study

Areas of study include analysis of archaeological materials; ancient Near East; Egypt; Islamic world; China and the Far East; Bronze Age in the Mediterranean; classical Greece and Rome; India and Central Asia; Andean South America; Mesoamerica; Pacific; paleoenvironmental studies; Western North America. Other areas of specialization are also available.

Foreign Language Requirement

The ability to read at least one modern foreign language, relevant to the student's field of interest and approved by the student's adviser, is required for the M.A.degree. This requirement may be met by (1) completing the third course in an introductory, regular sequence of the selected language at UCLA with a minimum grade of A; or (2) taking a reading examination administered by the program. The foreign language requirement must be completed by the end of the sixth quarter in residence, unless an earlier deadline is imposed by the adviser.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 42 units (nine courses, of which five must be graduate) taken for a letter grade are required, to be distributed as follows: a minimum of five courses (26 units) in the 200 and 500 series, including Archaeology M201A-M201B, M201C. Students must also take a laboratory-based course. This requirement can be met in the following ways: completion of Anthropology 117, 117P; completion of Archaeology M205B (courses taught by the directors of various laboratories); and, with the approval of the student's committee, an independent study course. A minimum of two additional elective graduate courses is required, one of which should be outside of the student's area of specialization. The other units may be completed by taking either graduate or upper division courses. The proportion of graduate to undergraduate courses may vary depending on the student's preparation.

Teaching Experience

Not required. The Program assists students in obtaining teaching experience through appointments as teaching assistants in a number of other departments.

Field Experience

No graduate degree is awarded until the student has worked in the field. Both theoretical and practical knowledge of methods and techniques used in the field are necessary. This requirement may be met by taking a regular field course such as Anthropology 115P, Archaeology C259, Ancient Near East 261, or Classics C251E. If a student wishes to fulfill this requirement by participation in fieldwork other than that in the courses listed above, the director of the project must submit a letter about the student's work to the chair of the program. Except for the courses listed above, any given formula to fulfill the requirement must be cleared in advance with the chair of the program.

Comprehensive Examination Plan

The comprehensive examination consists of three examinations, given at the completion of each section of Archaeology M201A, M201B, and M201C respectively, and a research paper. The comprehensive examinations are graded by three readers (the professor in charge of the course, program chair, and a third faculty member) as high pass, pass, or no pass. Each of the three examinations may be retaken once. The research paper, to be completed by the seventh quarter of residence, is read by three faculty members and assists students and faculty in the determination of whether a student may continue for the Ph.D. degree.

Thesis Plan

None.

Time-to-Degree

There is a ceiling of six quarters for the completion of the M.A. degree.

Doctoral Degree

Advising

The chair of the program serves as graduate adviser. Each student has a committee chair, determined by mutual agreement, who acts as principal adviser. Student progress toward the degree is discussed every academic quarter by the members of the Executive Committee. Students receive a written checklist of their progress annually and a copy is sent to their adviser.

Admission to the doctoral program for students completing a UCLA M.A. in Archaeology is based on (1) written recommendation by all three members of the M.A. committee; (2) submission of a plan of study, including projected coursework, choice of foreign language, description of qualifying examination components, and dissertation topics; and (3) quality of the M.A. core examination results and the M.A. paper.

Major Fields or Subdisciplines

Major fields or subdisciplines include analysis of archaeological materials; ancient Near East; Egypt; Islamic world; China and the Far East; Bronze Age in the Mediterranean; classical Greece and Rome; India and Central Asia; Andean South America; Mesoamerica; Pacific; paleoenvironmental studies; Western North America. Other areas of specialization are also available.

Foreign Language Requirement

Reading competence in two modern foreign languages relevant to the student's interests is normally required. Competence is demonstrated as outlined for the master's degree. Other languages may be required as decided by the dissertation committee.

Course Requirements

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per quarter.   Archaeology M201A, M201B, and M201C are required. A second laboratory-based course, in addition to the one required for the M.A. degree, is required. Additional requirements may be suggested by the dissertation committee.

No graduate degree is awarded until the student has worked in the field. Both theoretical and practical knowledge of methods and techniques used in the field are necessary. This requirement may be met by taking a regular field course such as Anthropology 115P, Archaeology C259, Ancient Near East 261, or Classics C251E. If a student wishes to fulfill this requirement by participation in fieldwork other than that in the courses listed above, the director of the project must submit a letter about the student's work to the chair of the program. Except for the courses listed above, any given formula to fulfill the requirement has to be cleared in advance with the chair of the program.

Teaching Experience

Not required. The Program assists students in obtaining teaching experience through appointments as teaching assistants in a number of other departments.

Written and Oral Qualifying Examinations

Academic Senate regulations require all doctoral students to complete and pass University written and oral qualifying examinations prior to doctoral advancement to candidacy. Also, under Senate regulations the University oral qualifying examination is open only to the student and appointed members of the doctoral committee. In addition to University requirements, some graduate programs have other pre-candidacy examination requirements. What follows in this section is how students are required to fulfill all of these requirements for this doctoral program.

By the end of the sixth quarter of the doctoral program, after the foreign language requirement has been fulfilled, students take a written qualifying examination in the following three areas: (1) topical specialization; (2) analytical theory, method, and technique; and (3) regional culture history. If this examination is passed, students may then make arrangements to take the oral examination. If the written examination or any portion thereof is failed, students may make one further attempt if their committee deems it appropriate.

The University Oral Qualifying Examination must be taken by the end of the seventh quarter of the doctoral program. Students are required to submit to the doctoral committee a formal dissertation proposal of about 10 pages, including the particular research problem on which they will be examined during the oral qualifying examination.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are advanced to candidacy and awarded the Candidate in Philosophy (C.Phil.) degree upon successful completion of the written and oral qualifying examinations.

Doctoral Dissertation

Every doctoral degree program requires the completion of an approved dissertation that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research and constitutes a distinct contribution to knowledge in the principal field of study.

Final Oral Examination (Defense of Dissertation)

Not required for all students in the program. The decision as to whether a defense is required is made by the doctoral committee.

Time-to-Degree

The normative time for the completion of the Ph.D. degree is 21 academic quarters. Students who already hold an M.A. degree are to complete all work for the Ph.D. degree within 14 quarters.

Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination

University Policy

A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.

Special Departmental or Program Policy

In addition to the reasons noted above, a student may be recommended for termination for two failures of the core examinations, failure to fulfill the foreign language requirement, an unsatisfactory master's paper, two failures of the written qualifying examination, a level of incompetence on the oral qualifying examination that would lead to denial of a second examination, two failures of the oral qualifying examination in instances where a student is allowed to repeat it, or an unsatisfactory dissertation. A student may appeal a recommendation for termination through a request for a hearing before the Executive Committee.

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