The Master’s program in Anthropology allows you to develop your skills in critical thinking, increase your knowledge of anthropological theory and methods, and gain specialized knowledge in a particular area of research. Through the development of a major research paper (MRP), the Master’s program prepares you for a career outside of the academy and/or provides you with a stepping-stone to Doctoral level study.

Duration of the MA

The Master’s program is a five-term program (20 months): Fall, Winter, and Summer terms in the first year; Fall and Winter terms in the second year. Students are allowed a maximum of 5 terms of full-time study, after which they must register part-time. During this period, continuous registration must be maintained.


Each candidate must take six half graduate courses (or equivalent), which must include the half course in Theory and the half course in Methods. Four additional half-courses should be selected from the theme courses in Social Anthropology, or one from a cognate discipline, with the permission of the Graduate Director. A Reading Course and/or an Internship are also options. All first year students must also enroll in the required Graduate Seminar, which is held on a weekly basis in both the Fall and Winter terms. Students are expected to have all course work done in the first year and before any fieldwork.

Major Research Paper and Oral Examination

Candidates must write a research paper (in the range of 40 pages) under the supervision of a two-member committee, on a topic approved by that committee and by the Director of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology. The major research paper should demonstrate creative and analytical ability and an advanced understanding of the selected topic. After submission of the paper, a candidate will be examined orally on the paper and related matters by the supervisory committee together with the Program Director.