Who is the Graduate Coordinator and what is their role?

The Graduate Coordinator is Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster.  Dr. Reyes-Foster counsels students pursuing an Anthropology MA or students considering the MA program.  She can assist with graduate policies and procedures at the department, college, and university level.  The Graduate Coordinator is also responsible for the department approval of a student’s program of study, MA advisory committee, and graduation.

Please contact Dr. Reyes-Foster at beatriz.reyes-foster@ucf.edu to schedule an appointment.


In addition to the Graduate Coordinator, whom else should I contact for assistance in the department?

Ms. Lisa Haas is the Coordinator of Administrative Services for the department.  Mrs. Haas supervises student registration, coordinates admissions for the MA program, and proactively works with graduate students to meet deadlines and address any concerns.  She is responsible for conducting a preliminary certification of degree audits for graduation and serves as a liaison for the student and other university offices.  Mrs. Haas also serves as a student advocate and advises on graduate policies and procedures.

Please contact Mrs. Haas at anthro@ucf.edu to schedule an appointment.


What are the admission requirements for the Anthropology MA program?

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to the MA program must also meet the following requirements for the MA program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Competitive GRE score (minimum of 1000 or 300 on the Revised GRE)
  • Personal statement of intent that must include the student’s research interest, geographical area of interest, faculty they would like to work with, and future career plans (500 words).
  • Three letters of recommendation that assess the applicant’s potential as a graduate student.  These letters should come from the applicant’s previous professors and be no older than 1 year at the time of application.

Students will be selected on a competitive basis and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the MA program.  Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program to the applicant’s career/academic goals, availability and match to a faculty advisor, and the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.


Is a degree in Anthropology required for the MA program?

No, an anthropology undergraduate degree is not required for the MA program.  Supplemental course work may be recommended for students who do not have a degree in anthropology or are missing key undergraduate course work.  Questions regarding specific course work should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator of a student’s individual faculty advisor.


Can I visit the department prior to application deadlines?

Yes, we highly recommend that potential graduate students visit the department and contact a potential advisor prior to application.  The department has potential students meet with possible faculty advisors, meet with the Graduate Coordinator, and tour the campus with current MA students.  Please contact Mrs. Lisa Haas to schedule a department visit.


How many credit hours of Directed Research or Independent Study can I take?

MA students can only use a total of 6 credit hours of Directed Research or Independent Study towards their program requirements.  Students taking more than 6 credit hours should be aware that these hours will not help fulfill program credit hour requirements.


Can I take a class outside of Anthropology during my MA program?

Yes, students can have up to 3 credit hours in their Program of Study outside of the department.  These credit hours must be approved by a student’s advisor and the Graduate Coordinator prior to enrolling in the class.


Is funding available for students in the MA program?

The department is provided a limited number of tuition waivers each year.  These are awarded in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) to full-time students in the MA program.  GTA’s are not need-based funding but rather competitive funding awarded to the top students in the program.  They are awarded based on GRE scores, undergraduate/graduate GPA, fellowship requirements, and previous GTA evaluations if available.  Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) may also be awarded through faculty member’s grants.

When granted a tuition waiver, students should understand the waiver only assists in tuition charges.  University fees (athletic fee, tech fee, etc) are not covered by the tuition waiver.  Out-of-state graduate students will have out-of-state fees waived during times of full (20 hours per week) assistantship appointments or if awarded a university-wide fellowships.


Can I transfer course work taken at another institution into the MA program?

The department will normally accept up to 9 credit hours of course work completed at another accredited institution.  This is on a case-by-case basis and requires the approval of your advisor and the Graduate Coordinator.  Students should remember that any course 7 years old or more will not count towards program requirements.


Can I take Anthropology graduate classes as a non-degree seeking graduate student?

Yes, non-degree seeking students can take Anthropology graduate classes with the permission of the instructor.  Non-degree seeking students should contact the instructor of the class and request permission (override) to take the class.  Overrides are at the discretion of the instructor and are only awarded after Anthropology Master of Arts students are registered.


Are there any active graduate clubs?

The Graduate Anthropology Association (GAA) is a registered student organization dedicated to providing a setting where students can discuss current research topics and assist fellow classmates in conducting graduate level research.  The primary goals of the GAA is to raise funds to assist graduate students in traveling to professional conferences, to hold public colloquiums with guest lecturers concerning current research topics in anthropology, and to offer workshops that will be beneficial to anthropology students.  In addition, this group works to provide undergraduate anthropology students with opportunities to assist in research and mentoring.  Please visit the GAA’s Facebook page for details on upcoming events.