Graduate Handbook & Petition Information

A Handbook for the Anthropology Doctoral Program by Pitt Students

The Graduate Handbook is written (and revised) by Anthropology Graduate Students for Anthropology Graduate Students. This not only outlines the formal curriculum in Anthropology, it charts a course for successful completion of the PhD program, modeled after recent graduate students. The timeline will help prospective and current students keep on top of credit hours, language requirements, fellowship applications, comprehensive examinations, and scheduled completion of the doctoral dissertation. 

Petitions

You must petition the Graduate Studies Committee several times during the course of your study. 

Course Petitions

The Graduate Studies Committee must be petitioned to approve credits for courses taken outside of the Department of Anthropology to count toward the 30 credits required for the MA or the 72 credits required for the PhD. Graduate students must also petition the Graduate Studies Committee to accept graduate credits earned at another institution. The Graduate Studies Committee accepts petitions for transferring course credits from MA programs twice a year. The deadlines are October 1 and March 1. (In the event a deadline falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next workday.)

Method and Theory Requirements

If you wish to waive or substitute different classes for the method and theory requirement than those listed within the Department of Anthropology, then you must petition the committee for approval. As no specific classes are listed to fulfill the method and theory requirement for biological anthropology, biological anthropology students must petition the committee to approve whatever class is taken to fulfill this requirement. The Graduate Studies Committee accepts petitions for waiving or substituting required courses twice a year. The deadlines are October 1 and March 1. (In the event a deadline falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next workday.)

Master’s Advisory Committee

Graduate Students who would like to earn an MA degree must petition the Graduate Studies Committee for approval of a master’s advisory committee. Petitions are due by the first day of each month. (In the event the first day of the month falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next workday.)

Comprehensive Exam Committee

Graduate students must petition the Graduate Studies Committee for approval of a comprehensive exam committee. This must be done for each comprehensive exam. Petitions are due by the first day of each month. (In the event the first day of the month falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next workday.)

PhD Dissertation Committee

The Graduate Studies Committee must also be petitioned for the approval of a PhD/Overview advisory committee. Petitions are due by the first day of each month. (In the event the first day of the month falls on a weekend or a university holiday, the deadline will be the next workday.)

 

Please send an email to Brian Deutsch at briandeutsch@pitt.edu with your petition request(s) in the body of the email. Please indicate 'PETITION' in the subject field of your email.