Normal registration the first year is eight graded courses:
- A two-quarter seminar
- A historiography course
- Five other courses
These courses are taken for letter grades and must be completed by the end of the spring quarter. Students receive the master's degree upon completing the first-year curriculum.
Students who are recommended for the PhD continue their formal study and will be expected to complete a second year of graded course work, including another graded seminar, unless they petition for credit for previous graduate work.