Archaeology, M.A. | University of Calgary | Calgary, Canada
24 months
8242 CAD/year
3533 CAD/year
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The faculty members in the Archaeology program at University of Calgary believe that study and research must be grounded in rigorous training, as well as in extensive field experience.


The thesis-based Archaeology program at University of Calgary provides that hands-on approach, with students benefiting from the university’s world-class field and lab investigations from Western Canada, the circumpolar North, Asia, Africa, Latin America, to the Caribbean. Research areas in this program include cultural heritage management, development of complexity, ethnoarchaeology, human-environment interaction, landscape, paleobotany, bioarchaeology, social identity and more.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Topics in Archaeological Theory and Method or Theory and its Application in Biological Anthropology.
  • Specialized Courses: Professional Skills for Anthropologists, Theoretical Foundations, Human Osteology or other courses.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Additional Courses: Students may study hunter-gatherer adaptations, origins of agriculture, development of complex societies or other topics.
  • Field Work: Students will participate in a season of field work or an equivalent activity.


Museum Curator, Cultural Resource Management, Heritage Regulator, academic positions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Archaeological Theory and Method
  • Theory and its Application in Biological Anthropology
  • Advanced Topics in Human Osteology
  • Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains
  • Problems in Ethnoarchaeology
  • Hunter-Gatherer Adaptations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • An example of the applicant's written work in the research context.
  • A statement outlining the applicant's interests and reasons for wishing to pursue graduate work in this department. Clearly identify your thesis research area
  • A C.V
  • Two reference letters

Tuition Fee

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    8242 CAD/year
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    3533 CAD/year
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Living costs for Calgary

1247 - 1953 CAD /month
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