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Anthropology, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
Anthropologists work in a wide array of areas, from government to large corporations, to NGO's and education. This master program in Anthropology is offered by McMaster University. 

Overview

The department grants an M.A. in Anthropology in the following areas of specialization: Archaeology, Health, Biological, and Cultural. Students admitted to the M.A. program have the option of doing coursework and then 1) writing a MRP (1-year), or 2) writing a scholarly thesis (2-year) which demonstrates ability to conduct original research. This program is offered by the McMaster University. 

Career Development

Many employers are interested in the skills which Anthropology graduate students tend to possess. These include:

  • Knowledge about biological, ecological, cultural and long-term historical factors that influence human behaviour
  • Theoretical approaches and practical methods for enhancing cross-cultural understanding
  • Knowledge of a variety of ethnic and cultural groups living in Canada and abroad
  • Skills in social research, qualitative interviewing and fieldwork, as well as quantitative methods
  • Experience in both writing descriptive and analytical reports
  • The ability to analyze the root causes of social problems, and to work towards solutions with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food and Death 
  • Introduction to Anthropology: Race, Religion and Conflict
  • The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
  • Archaeology of Environmental Crisis and Response
  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Human Skeletal Biology and Bioarchaeology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      Length: Course-Based (1-year) or Thesis-Based (2-year).

  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    92

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    580

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General Requirements

  • The University requires, as the major indicator of ability to complete a Master’s program successfully, the holding of an Honours bachelor’s degree with at least a B+ average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 GPA out of 12) in the most current 20 half credit courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work.
  • Applicants are advised that admission is highly competitive, and that achieving this minimum scholastic criterion is normally not sufficient for an offer of admission.
  • In some circumstances, exceptionally qualified students holding an Honours BA in Anthropology may be offered direct entry into the Ph.D program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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