Evaluation & Completion of Degree

Academic Progress

Students are expected to maintain the highest academic standards during their MA studies. The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has set 60% as a passing grade. However, no more than six credits of grades below 68% can be counted towards the program; all other courses must achieve a minimum of 68%. The Department of Anthropology sets 75% as the passing grade for its core graduate seminar, ANTH 500 and the required methodology course. Students who fail a course normally are required to repeat it or choose a suitable replacement (except in the case of ANTH 500) and achieve at least a grade of 74%. Students who consistently receive poor grades may be required to repeat courses, undertake additional coursework or withdraw from the program.

Students who fail to complete a satisfactory proposal within two years may also be required to withdraw. Students who have not completed their thesis by the end of the third year may have their progress evaluated as unsatisfactory.

All graduate students in the program are evaluated in December and again in April by the Anthropology Graduate Studies Committee (AGSC) based upon reports provided by supervisors and course instructors. If the student’s progress is deemed unsatisfactory, the AGSC may recommend to the Department that permission to register be denied.

Leave Policy

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies allows leaves of up to 12 months for personal, parental or medical reasons. Leave requests must be submitted by the Graduate Advisor and reviewed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. If you or your supervisor feel you require a leave, please review the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ leave policies.

Applying for the PhD Program

Resident MA students interested in continuing on to the PhD program at UBC must apply for admission, providing the same application materials as non-UBC MA students and meeting the same deadlines. Students must complete all requirements for their MA before registering in the PhD program at UBC.

An MA student will be fast-tracked into the PhD program only upon the recommendation of the student’s supervisory committee with approval from the Anthropology Graduate Studies Committee (AGSC). Read more about this process here.