Info for Current Students

UWF requires completion of a thesis before awarding the M.A. degree in either Anthropology or Historical Archaeology.

Prior to undertaking the thesis, students should have completed a number of courses, selected a thesis advisor, formed a thesis committee, and written a thesis prospectus that includes a plan for securing funding, if necessary. These links and forms serve to guide students through the process. Each student, however, is encouraged to discuss progress with his or her advisor on a regular basis.


The following checklists include the course requirements for each of the two M.A. tracks. The student will complete 33 hours of coursework along with three or more thesis hours.

Thesis Forms

  • Thesis Advisor Form (PDF) - Your first step towards a thesis is to select an advisor. Your advisor can be any UWF anthropology faculty member who holds a PhD. Fill out this form so that we have a record of this new advisor-student relationship.
  • Thesis Committee Form - After consultation with your thesis advisor, you will select a thesis committee.
  • 2015 prospectus guidelines (PDF) - Once your committee is formed and you have discussed a project with your advisor, you will need to write a prospectus. This document will help guide you through the expectations for the prospectus.
  • Prospectus Approval Form (PDF) - When all members of your committee have seen and approved your prospectus, this form will need to be completed.

Unless otherwise indicated, completed forms need to be turned in to Cindi Rogers, the Anthropology Department Office Coordinator.

Funding for Theses and Conference Travel

Some possibilities for funding for your thesis research and presentation can be found below:

Internal Travel Grants

  • UWF GAA (Varies) -- The UWF Graduate Anthropology Association has funds each year for travel to conferences. See the GAA Facebook page for more info.
  • CREO (up to $1,000) -- The Graduate Student Researcher Travel Award program is new and provides support for students and their faculty advisor to present at a professional conference. Rolling deadlines, but submit by the 1st or 16th of the month for a two-week turn-around time.

External Grants for Research or Travel (Local and Florida-specific)

  • PAS ($400) -- Pensacola Archaeological Society has a Student Award ($400) for travel or research. This is available to all UWF Anthropology Department students, and not limited to Florida-based projects. Deadlines twice a year, in March and October.
  • FAS ($500) -- The Florida Anthropological Society annually awards the Dorothy Moore Student Grant to archaeology students to do research in Florida or travel to a conference. Deadline is March 31.
  • Blackwater Pyrates ($1,250) -- Two grants awarded each year to UWF MA students to help fund thesis research, present at a conference, or conduct analyses. Projects must involve research within the Blackwater River/Blackwater Bay marine complex. (PDF: Blackwater Pyrates app). Deadline in February.

External Grants (Worldwide)

  • Sigma Xi ($1,000) -- Grants-in-Aid of Research (up to $1,000) fund travel or equipment purchases. Deadlines of March 15 and October 15 annually.
  • The Explorers Club ($2,500 avg) -- Exploration Grants fund research travel and other needs. Deadline is mid-October annually.
  • American Association of Anatomists ($1,000) -- Short-term visiting scholarship program is for students who need to visit a lab or participate in a course outside of the applicant's institution. Must be a (student) member of the association. Application deadlines are Oct 1, Feb 1, and June 1 annually.
  • National Geographic Society (up to $5,000) -- The Young Explorers Grant program is for researchers under the age of 25 at the time of application. Grants fund travel and other research expenses, but not laboratory costs. The deadline is rolling, but the awards committee meets every January, April, July, and October, so submit your application 6-8 months before you need funding.
  • Society for Archaeological Sciences (up to $1,000) -- The Student Research International Travel Award is available to help students with costs of international travel for lab or field research. Students have to be a member of SAS for at least one year to apply. Application deadlines are February 1 and September 1 annually.

Other (Field Schools, Collections Research, etc.)

Thesis Defense

Each student is required to defend his or her thesis by giving a short talk for the thesis committee and other interested people. A full draft of your thesis, including bibliography and tables, should be submitted to your committee at least two weeks before the intended defense date. An announcement and flyer for the talk will be made by the anthropology office staff.

UWF Graduate School Requirements, Forms, and Workshops

  • Thesis Dissertation guide 2013 - It is a good idea to look through this before writing your thesis, to avoid having to reformat your document at the end. Make sure you are using the most up-to-date version; it is usually put out once a year in the fall.
  • Standards for Theses - Here you will find templates for the thesis signature page and the final formatting checklist, among other information.
  • Thesis Information Workshops - These are normally held at the beginning of each semester.
  • Grad School Thesis Submission Deadlines - Generally, dates are in March (for spring graduation), June (for summer graduation), or October (for fall graduation) each year.
  • Final Format Checklist for Theses (PDF) - A handy list of the major formatting requirements per the UWF Graduate School.