- 9 credit hours of core requirements: ANTH-632 Contemporary Theory: Culture, Power, History (or equivalent), ANTH-652 Anthropological Research Design, ANTH-797 003 MA Thesis Seminar (section designated to facilitate the MA/I Candidates write-up of their Peace Corps Academic Project)
- 15 credit hours of electives, chosen in conversation with advisor
- One-semester internship/practical experience
- 6 credit hours for Peace Corps Service
- Oral qualifying exam
- Approved final report based on the Peace Corps Academic project
- 18 hours of course work (including two basic required courses – 632, 652)
- Fall semester: complete Peace Corps application
- Spring semester: complete practical experience related to anticipated Peace Corps placement (e.g. volunteer as teacher aide if educational placement , volunteer in health or economic NGO if community development placement, etc.)
- Oral Qualifying exam (satisfies MAPA comp requirement)
Year Two and Fall Semester of Year Three
- Peace Corps Placement, earning 6 credit hours (No tuition payment is required for these 6 hours of credit.)
Spring Semester of Year Three
- 6 credit hours of course work, including 797 003 (MA/I thesis seminar)
- Preparation and submission of final report based on the Peace Corps Academic Project (satisfies the MAPA Thesis/Non-thesis Option (NTO) requirement)
Student can still complete the public anthropology master's degree at AU if:
- the student has not applied or has not yet been accepted into the Peace Corps.
- the Peace Corps service has to be curtailed due to political or related difficulties within the host country.
- the student makes a personal decision to leave the Peace Corps service early.
- the student is terminated from Peace Corps service for medical, legal, or other reasons, if the conditions of termination did not violate the university's Code of Student Conduct.