2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD

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College: Sciences Degree: PhD
Department: Anthropology Option: Dissertation
Program Websites: https://sciences.ucf.edu/anthropology/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD emphasizes cross-disciplinary empirical research on the dynamics of transformation and change in societies past and present. The program integrates methodologies from the science and technology components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with the theoretical and analytical strengths of social science to address critical social challenges.

The curriculum is comprised of the following basic elements: 1) a core curriculum focused on methodological expertise; 2) a topical curriculum covering the dynamics of transformation in human societies; 3) professional competence in workplace skills embedded into all courses; and 4) experiential learning via independent research. The central purpose of the program is to produce graduates with the necessary methodological expertise and analytical skills to create innovative solutions to the ongoing challenges of local and global disparities, environmental and anthropogenic crises, and the resilience and vulnerability of human populations.


The Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD requires 51 credit hours beyond an earned master’s degree. Required coursework minimally includes 12 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of elective courses, and 15 hours of dissertation research. If foundational or theoretical coursework is not present in the earned master’s, remaining credit hours may consist of additional electives, doctoral research, and a maximum of 12 credit hours of directed research and independent study.

Total Credit Hours Required: 51 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours

Unrestricted Electives—24 Credit Hours

All students in the doctoral program must complete 24 hours of unrestricted electives. The unrestricted electives offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests, further advance their methodological skills, and gain interdisciplinary experience. To fulfill their unrestricted electives requirement, students may also take graduate-level courses in programs outside the department, particularly in Biology, Sociology, Political Science, History, and the College of Health and Public Affairs but, outside courses must not exceed 12 credit hours. The student’s faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Committee must approval all graduate courses taken outside the department. The student may also use the second methods course identified in the Core requirement as an Unrestricted Elective. The departmental course options for the Unrestricted Electives include the following:

Proficiency Requirement

Prior to enrollment in dissertation hours, students are required to demonstrate a proficiency in a second language (other than English) or an additional methodological area dependent on the student’s intended research area. The language requirement may be met by achieving an average grade of B or higher in two years’ (four semesters) of a single undergraduate-level language that is relevant to the student’s research. Students may meet this requirement by providing evidence of four semesters of undergraduate enrollment with a B average prior to admission to the program, by taking the necessary undergraduate-level courses during their program of study in the Ph.D. program, or by passing a university-administered equivalent proficiency examination that places them into the 5th-semester of higher of undergraduate language classes at UCF. The student may also meet this requirement with methodological skills (for example, statistics proficiency, qualitative methods proficiency etc) gained through appropriate and approved coursework. The Graduate Coordinator will determine which requirement is to be met.

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours Minimum

  • ANG 7980 Dissertation Research 15 credit hours

In consultation with the advisor and with the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee, each student must secure qualified members of their dissertation committee. The dissertation committee will consist of a minimum four members. At least three members must be Anthropology Graduate Faculty, and the student’s advisor will serve as the committee chair. One member must be from either outside the student’s Department at UCF. Graduate faculty members must form the majority of any given committee. A Dissertation Committee must be formed prior to enrollment in dissertation hours.

A student who passes their candidacy exam (proposal defense) will begin the dissertation process. The dissertation serves as the culmination of the coursework that comprises this research-based degree. It must make a significant original theoretical, intellectual, practical, creative, or research contribution to the student’s area within the discipline. Dissertations will be theoretically grounded, show expertise in the topic area, and utilize methodologically sound analysis of either quantitative data, qualitative data or mixed-methods data. The dissertation will be completed through a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit, which students will use to conduct original research.


Qualifying Exam

The written qualifying exam should be completed at the end of the first year of the student’s program. The exam seeks to cover areas of theory and methods in the student’s area of specialization. These questions will be based on the core courses of the Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD and courses in the student’s methodological area of specialization. The Doctoral Program Committee will assemble the Examination Committee, which will write and grade the examination questions to be answered. The outcome of the exam may be a pass, conditional pass, or fail. A conditional pass will require students to revise and resubmit their answers to one or more questions deemed insufficient by the Examination Committee. If the student fails the qualifying exam may re-take the exam in the spring semester. A second failed attempt will result in dismissal from the program.

Candidacy Examination—Written Proposal and Oral Defense

Advancement to candidacy will require the successful defense of the dissertation proposal. The purpose of the dissertation proposal is to explain the subject under investigation, place it within the existing scholarly literature, and to present the planned approach for conducting dissertation research. The proposal defense will take place in the semester prior to the one in which they intend to enroll in dissertation hours, normally during the 4th semester. Students may not schedule a proposal defense with their dissertation committee until they have passed the written and oral qualifying exam. The oral defense will be based on a written research proposal that follows the guidelines and format of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Once the student has completed their proposal in consultation with their advisor they will schedule a Proposal Defense. The defense is not to last more than 90 minutes. Immediately after this defense, the student’s Dissertation Committee will meet to decide whether the student passed the written proposal and oral defense. A student who passes the candidacy examination is then permitted to begin the actual research and writing of the doctoral dissertation.

Independent Learning

As with all graduate programs, independent learning is an important component in the IAS doctoral program. Students will demonstrate independent learning through research seminars, directed research and the dissertation. Doctoral students are also expected to pursue additional independent reading beyond formal coursework relevant to their research and career direction. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the Admissions , applicants to this program must provide: 

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master’s degree or its equivalent in Anthropology or a closely related discipline. 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all master’s level work completed. 
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A personal statement not to exceed 500 words.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A writing sample of at least 2,500 words demonstrating the ability to conduct graduate-level work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An on campus, by phone or Skype interview with a potential advisor, in coordination with the Doctoral Program Committee.
  • International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other equivalent test approved by the Graduate College unless they hold a degree from a US accredited institution. The TOEFL is strongly preferred. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 90 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 232 on the computer-based test, or 575 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants should plan to take the appropriate test no later than November to ensure consideration of their applications by the December 1 deadline.
  • Applicants to this program, except those that have earned or will earn a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution recognized by UCF, who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant’s career/academic goals, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Dec 1 Dec 1    
International Applicants Dec 1 Dec 1    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Beatriz Reyes-Foster PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-2206
HPH RM 309   

Graduate Admissions

Anthony Tufano​​
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships​​

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid​

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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