How to Apply

For entry into Fall 2022, our application is available October 15—December 15.

Top-ranked applicants at the Masters level will be considered for entrance scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $8,000. Top-ranked applicants at the Doctoral level will be considered for $3,000 or $10,000 entrance scholarships.

Admission Requirements

Graduates with an honours degree in Anthropology or a related discipline with at least a "B+" average in the last two years of study, may be admitted to the MA program. Applicants with a "B" average may be considered only if they can offer exceptional ("B+" or better) grades in anthropology courses.

We welcome applications from students with a Master’s Degree in Social or Cultural Anthropology with at least a "B+" average. We will consider applicants with a Master's Degree in a related discipline who have a strong background in anthropology through coursework or supervised research.

Application Instructions

The following documents must be uploaded as part of your application:

A Statement of Interest

Your statement should be approximately 500 words outlining your research question, relevant literatures and how your work would fit in/draw upon them. Your statement should also include the type of methods you'll be using, if you have already begun to think this through, and information about why our program is a good fit for your research project. You may also include information on your academic background and any work/volunteer experience only as it relates to your research question. In cases where applicants may already have secured a supervisor and/or supervisory committee, please indicate this in your statement also. Please note that having a supervisory committee in place at the time of application is not a requirement of our admissions application.

A Curriculum Vitae

An Academic Writing Sample
Your sample paper should be approximately 15–20 pages. If you don't have a 15–20 page paper, please submit two smaller papers; i.e. submit two 8–10 page papers. Please ensure that you submit a clean copy (no grades/comments included). Your writing sample does not have to be in your proposed area of research, but rather, should be the paper that you consider to be your best work.


Transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded through MyFile. These transcripts will be considered "unofficial". If you receive a decision of conditional admission to our program, you must send one official transcript for every postsecondary institution you have attended, to the Graduate Admissions Office. To be considered official, it must be evident that you have had no direct access to the transcripts. Transcripts must come directly from, and bear the seal of, the issuing institution. If the institution issues transcripts directly to you, the envelope must be sealed by the institution and remain sealed until opened by York University. Photocopies of faxed transcripts are not accepted. If transcripts are in another language, an official English translation is required. If the name of your transcript differs from the legal name that you currently use, please make sure that you include your former name on your application form.

There is no need for you submit a York University transcript when you apply to our program if you have (i) taken one or more courses at York; (ii) earned a degree from York; (iii) completed a certificate program at York. Graduate Admissions will run off your York transcript for you. Please note, however, that if you have an outstanding debt with York University, a transcript will not be released and your application will not be processed.

Supplemental Information Form

You will have access to the Supplemental Information Form (SIF), within five business days after you submit your online application. Please fill out the the online SIF, which will include submitting the names of your three referees and their contact information, and submit the form online.

Three Letters of Reference

Once you have submitted your supplemental information form online, the Office of Graduate Admissions will contact your referees and provide them with a link to the online reference form. Your referees will submit their letters online directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You do not need to submit a hard copy of your referee's letter if they have submitted an online reference form.


A Test of English as a Foreign Language score is required of international applicants whose higher education has not been in English. Other acceptable language tests and the required scores can be found here:

Application Procedures

  • All applicants must complete the Graduate Admissions Application Package available at York University—Graduate Admissions.
  • All applicants must complete the Supplementary Information and Recommendation (reference) forms accessed through MyFile.

Applications to the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology must be completed online. Click on the Apply Online to York button to review the admission requirements and deadlines for this program.