University of Alberta

M.A. On Campus
24 months
10500 CAD/year
5575 CAD/year
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The Master of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Alberta train students in anthropological theory and methodologies through course and fieldwork, research, and the development of an original thesis.



Broadest in scope of the social sciences, anthropology contributes to an understanding of the human condition through interpretations of human biological and cultural variation and diversity. Anthropologists shed light on human origins and on our relationships with one another and with our surroundings, environments, and other species. They look at social life and everyday activities, but they also address issues of pressing contemporary concern in the world today. Anthropology provides perspectives on our origins, the immediacy of our lived experiences, on global challenges, and what kind of futures we face.

To study Master of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Alberta is to embark on an exploration of human life and the human condition at all times and in all places, from understanding ancient migrations and past societies, to the human transformation of local, regional and global environments, and to our places, situations and responsibilities in the globalized modern world. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Advanced Paleopathology 
  • Ethnographic Field Methods 
  • Anthropology of Modernity 
  • Anthropology and the Twentieth Century 
  • Visual Anthropology 
  • Advanced Juvenile Osteology 
  • Advanced Chemical Analysis of Bone 
  • Advanced Fundamentals of Archaeological Mapping 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum admission requirement for the thesis-based MA  and MA in Humanities Computing is a four-year undergraduate degree and a grade point average of 3.3 on the 4 point grading scale in the last 60 units (*60) of course weight (or equivalent) at the University of Alberta or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution. 
  • Applicants whose primary language of instruction was not English at their post-secondary institution must demonstrate proficiency in the English language in order to be considered for admission. Minimum scores required are:
  • TOEFL score of 88 on the internet-based exam, 550 on the paper-based exam
  • IETLS overall band score of 6.5

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5575 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5575 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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