Admission Requirements

The Department of Anthropology offers research training and courses of instruction in the fields of archaeology, linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, evolutionary anthropology, and social-cultural anthropology.

Applicants are admitted to the MA, MSc, and PhD programs under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Admissions Requirements: MA, MSc

Applicants to the MA and MSc programs are expected to hold an appropriate Bachelor’s degree, with a final year average of at least B+ or its equivalent from a recognized university. Normally, students must have at least five full-year Anthropology courses (or equivalent) with a minimum average of B+ to allow them to specialize in their proposed areas of study. However, the department also welcomes applications from students with competence in related fields, in line with our interest in innovative cross-field and cross-disciplinary work. Students who have done coursework in related fields which they would like the admissions committee to consider should attach a separate sheet as a last page to the research statement, listing these courses and explaining the relevance to the proposed program of study in anthropology.

The Master of Arts and Master of Science programs in Anthropology are restricted to domestic students – Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. However, international students (those requiring a VISA to study in Canada) with exceptionally strong undergraduate backgrounds (i.e. GPA of 3.70 or above in their last 5.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) and who have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a concentration in anthropology or a cognate discipline) may apply directly for admission to the PhD program by indicating this preference on their application form

Detailed information about the requirements for the MA and MSc programs can be found under Program Requirements.

Admissions Requirements: PhD

Admission to the PhD program is offered only to excellent students who, by the time of enrolment, have completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology (or a cognate subject), or have earned the equivalent of an appropriate Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Anthropology. Applicants from both levels are expected to have achieved grades averaging the equivalent of a University of Toronto A- or better in their last full year of study. Most successful applicants will have finished or be in the process of completing an MA or MSc. However, students with exceptionally strong undergraduate backgrounds (ie. GPA of 3.70 or above in their last 5.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) and who have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a concentration in anthropology or a cognate discipline) may apply directly for admission to the PhD program by indicating this preference on their application form. Applicants are required to identify departmental members with whom they want to conduct PhD research. The Department regrets that it cannot admit students to the PhD program, regardless of their qualifications, unless a supervisor is available.

Detailed information about the PhD program requirements can be found under Program Requirements.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS –  ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Please review Admission Requirements of the School of Graduate Studies Admissions Guide. Use the Equivalent Qualifications Chart to determine if your international degree is considered equivalent. Qualifications from a number of world-wide educational systems are listed. The academic standings indicated are normally accepted as equivalent to a University of Toronto mid-B grade average if the degree has been awarded from an institution recognized by the School of Graduate Studies. Each year, the department admits a limited number of international PhD students. The Master of Arts program in Anthropology is restricted to domestic students – Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. However, international students (those requiring a VISA to study in Canada) with exceptionally strong undergraduate backgrounds (GPA of 3.70 or above in their last 5.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) and who have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a concentration in anthropology or a cognate discipline may apply directly for admission to the PhD program) are invited to apply for direct entry to the PhD program, but should note there are limited spots. Please note that direct entry to the PhD program is highly competitive with a very limited number of spaces available to international (VISA) students.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:

Please review the English Proficiency Requirement on the School of Graduate Studies website.