MA MSc PhD Programs

M.A., M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs


The Department’s MA and MSc programs require the completion of coursework and a Master’s Research Paper (MRP). The Doctoral program requires the completion of coursework, original research normally involving off-campus field work, knowledge of a second language or equivalent research skill, and the writing and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.

Masters Programs

The Masters degree programs are designed to provide a broad overview of the theoretical and methodological issues in the discipline, as well as to refine students’ analytical and scholarly skills, partly through in-depth research within, or transcending, subdisciplinary boundaries. These objectives are achieved through a combination of research-oriented course work (including laboratory training when appropriate), and a substantial research paper (MRP). Master’s degree holders normally either continue into PhD programs at the University of Toronto or elsewhere, or pursue non-academic career objectives (e.g. in government, cultural resource management, forensic anthropology, or domestic and international NGOs).

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


PhD program

The PhD program is designed to strengthen students’ research expertise in one or more fields of anthropology, primarily in preparation for a career in teaching and research. PhD students are normally provided teaching assistantships that include a training component. Senior doctoral students may be offered appointments as part-time lecturers. Graduates of the doctoral program are expected to have acquired autonomy in conducting research; they have learned to design research projects, defend their research proposals in the context of an examination, conduct

high-quality data collection usually during an extended period of off-campus research, perform high quality data analyses, and make original contributions to knowledge in their specialized fields of the discipline. They will normally have acquired experience in presenting their research findings to professional audiences, and in preparing scholarly publications. Their research skills are refined in seminars typically completed within the first eighteen months of the program, and through original dissertation research under the close guidance of their supervisors and supervisory committees. The results of this original research are subject to appraisal and oral examination by an external expert, an internal UofT scholar in the candidate’s broad field, and the candidate’s three-person supervisory committee. PhD degree holders either follow academic or research careers, or consulting or other professional careers in government, non-governmental organizations, or the private sector.

Admission requirements for the Ph.D. program can be found here . Detailed information about the requirements for the PhD program can be found under Program Requirements .

Graduate Collaborative Programs


The Department of Anthropology offers graduate studies in collaboration with the programs listed below. For collaborative programs, students must first be admitted to a graduate program in the Department. Many Collaborative Program requirements fulfill Anthropology degree requirements, e.g., as elective courses. Courses in a Collaborative Program may, however, exceed minimum degree requirements in Anthropology.

More information on the collaborative programs can be found here .


Aboriginal Health (MA, PhD)

Addictions Studies (MA, PhD)

Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course (MA, PhD)

Asia-Pacific Studies (MA)

Diaspora and Transnational Studies (MA, PhD)

Dynamics of Global Change (PhD)

Environmental Studies (MA, MSc, PhD)

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies (MA, PhD)

Global Health (PhD)

Jewish Studies (MA, PhD)

Sexual Diversity Studies (MA, PhD)

South Asian Studies (MA, MSc, PhD)

Women’s Health (MA, MSc, PhD)

Women and Gender Studies (MA, PhD)