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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Program Descriptions Anthropology ANTH
Anthropology - ANTH
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Location: Earth Sciences Building, Room 620
Program number: 403.220.7131
Fax: 403.284.5467
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1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Arts (MA), thesis-based


2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Arts

a) A minimum grade point average of 3.30 or higher on a four-point scale.

b) An example of the applicant’s written work: a term paper, research paper or other writing which the applicant considers representative of their best work.

c) A concise statement outlining the applicant’s academic interests and reasons for wishing to pursue graduate work in this Department. The thesis research area should be clearly identified.

d) An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

e) Two letters of reference.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A minimum grade point average of 3.40 or higher on a four-point scale.

b) Two letters of reference.

3. Application Deadline

Application deadline is available on the Future Students website:

Master of Arts:

Doctor of Philosophy:

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to the required level for admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Arts

Candidates for the MA degree are normally required to complete a minimum of 12 units in Anthropology at the 600 level. At the discretion of the Graduate Studies Committee, students with deficient background may be required to take a total of 15 units of course work in Anthropology. The following courses are required of all master's students: Anthropology 603, 605, 611 or 613, 631 or 635.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A specialization of either primatology, or social and cultural anthropology.

b) Anthropology 701, a reading course in the student's substantive area. Beyond that, the supervisory committee will individually tailor each student's course requirements to the student's particular needs.

c) For social and cultural anthropology, field work outside the student's broad cultural milieu for a minimum of one year. Students in primatology will be required to collect primary data via experimental and/or observational research on wild or captive primate populations for a period of not less than twelve months.  The amount of time required for field work for students who started their field work between 2019 and 2021 may be revised with the approval of the students' supervisory committee.

d) Demonstrated proficiency in a language other than English. Normally, in the course of the doctoral program, competent faculty in other Departments will evaluate the student's linguistic competence, principally in reading and writing.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

The program of Anthropology in the department of Anthropology and Archaeology will not permit the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course offered by the Anthropology Program.

Students may not choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Only where appropriate to a student’s program may graduate credit be received for courses numbered 500-599, which are considered undergraduate courses.

7. Time Limit

Expected completion time is two years for the Master of Arts degree and four years for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Maximum completion time is four years for the Master of Arts degree and six years for the doctoral degree.

8. Supervisory Assignments

A supervisor is assigned to each student upon entering the program.

9. Required Examinations


Doctoral students must complete a written thesis proposal, which will be evaluated by the supervisory committee. They must also pass oral and written Field of Study examinations and a second-language proficiency examination. For complete details of the candidacy requirements, see

Thesis Examination

Final thesis oral examinations are open. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements for Thesis Examinations, the Department requires:

Scheduling of the Examination
All members of the Supervisory Committee must have reviewed the student’s draft thesis document before an examination can be scheduled.

Composition of the Committee
The Internal Examiner must be external to the home program.

10. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of research and teaching assistantships is available to qualified students. Information on awards can be obtained from the Department office or in the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. All students are strongly encouraged to seek external financial assistance for the program, as the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology cannot guarantee the availability of financial assistance.

Students applying for the Graduate Awards Competition scholarships must submit their applications to the Department by January 25.

11. Other Information

For information about the rules and regulations, and the facilities available to Anthropology graduate students, please contact the Graduate Administrator at