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Social and Cultural Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #462 (QS) Montréal, Canada
The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Concordia University Montréal provides the opportunity to engage in a substantial fieldwork project where the researcher works closely with research subjects and gains an understanding of their experiences and of the ways in which they construct meaningful lives. 


Program Details

Fieldwork projects are individualized, giving you the freedom to choose a topic or/and a community to work with in consultation with your supervisor.

Concordia University Montréal students at Social and Cultural Anthropology program may also choose to pursue a year-long, essay (non-thesis) option that requires them to engage in a broad and rigorous study of anthropological literature. This course of study is well-suited for students who wish to dedicate more energy to course work and those looking for a faster point of entry into a Doctoral program.

The research-active faculty members produce work that has been recognized by many Canadian research agencies, including the Canada Research Chairs Program. Faculty also sit on editorial boards for a number of leading peer-reviewed journals such as Anthropologica, and The Senses and Society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Identity and Difference
  • World Anthropologies
  • Ethnographic Research and Ethics
  • New Directions in Anthropological Research (the content of this course changes each year)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    45 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree with honours or specialization in anthropology or joint specialization in anthropology and sociology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required. An undergraduate degree with a major in anthropology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is considered, provided that the background preparation is acceptable.
  • Applicants who lack certain prerequisite courses may be required to take a qualifying program of up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program. For the qualifying program a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31141 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31141 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    6284 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6284 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Students from Canada 14747 CAD

Living costs for Montréal

  • 1074 - 1760 CAD/month
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