The MA Degree is part of the PhD program. Although students may proceed directly to the PhD without taking the MA degree, they are encouraged to take the option of completing an MA along the way. The Master of Arts degree in Anthropology certifies that the recipient is qualified to teach General Anthropology at the college undergraduate level. Therefore, a candidate for the MA degree is expected to be familiar with the basic concepts, major developments, and current problems in each of the major sub disciplines of Anthropology. The MA degree requires a total of ten course units, two of which are Core Program courses. Up to two units may be transferred from another institution. According to the student's proposed area for MA research, a committee is appointed to advise each student. A committee normally consists of two members (one advisor and one reader) of the GG, who are jointly responsible for working out the details of the student's program from semester to semester. Each MA degree candidate is required to complete a research paper or master's thesis. The research paper or thesis must be completed within one year after completing the required course work.