Why pursue a Master's in Social and Cultural Analysis?
The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology 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. Fieldwork projects are individualized, giving you the freedom to choose a topic or/and a community to work with in consultation with your supervisor.
Students 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.
Our 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.
Join an intimate cohort of students whose work cuts across traditional research areas. Research topics that our current students are examining include:
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.
Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take up to 24 undergraduate independent credits.
Applications to the program must be accompanied by a preliminary statement (roughly 500 words in length) of the student's intentions regarding research, fieldwork and thesis.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits. Additional courses may be taken from outside the program, subject to the advice and approval of the student's supervisor or the Graduate Program Director.
Supervision. Students are assigned an interim advisor upon admission. Students in the thesis option must select their permanent advisor by the beginning of the second term, along with a second committee member. Their thesis is evaluated by the two-person committee and a third examiner. Students in the non-thesis option select a permanent advisor by the beginning of the second term, and their final research papers are evaluated by the advisor and a second examiner.
Language Requirement. A working knowledge of English and French is recommended, although written work may be submitted in either language. Where appropriate, students are encouraged to acquire competence in the language of the community they choose to study; this may be achieved in the context of ANTH 640.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Thesis (Option A)
Courses. Students must satisfactorily complete the following program: ANTH 600, 601, 610, 620, 630, 660 , 690, 691 (6 credits), 692 (18 credits).
Thesis. Students enrolled in the thesis option are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent ethnographic field research. The thesis proposal, ANTH 690 serves as the basis for the elaboration of the written thesis, ANTH 692. The student then orally defends the thesis before an examining committee. The thesis may be written in either English or French.
Master of/Magisteriate in Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology without Thesis (Essay - Option B).
Courses. Students must satisfactorily complete the following program: ANTH 600, 601, 610, 630, 660, 693, 694 (6 credits), 695 (15 credits) and 6 credits of electives.
Essay. ANTH 695 (15 credits): Students are required to write the essay under the supervision of one faculty member and are evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor. The essay proposal (ANTH 693) serves as the basis for theEssay (ANTH 695) which can be either a literature review of a substantive nature, or a report on empirical research.
Note 1. All students are required to plan courses related to their own interests with the help of advisors. Note 2. All students are required to take 3 credits of SOCI elective studies. Note 3. No more than 3 credits of elective studies taken outside the Department of Sociology and Anthropology may be credited towards the degree.
Students enrolled in option A are required to demonstrate their ability to carry out independent ethnographic field research. A thesis proposal serves as the basis for the elaboration of the written thesis.
Option B is a one year program that asks students to write a research essay under the supervision of a faculty member. Essays are evaluated by two faculty members, including the supervisor, and can be either a literature review or a report on empirical research.
Statement of Purpose (three pages double spaced plus bibliography) should include:
Your research and fieldwork intentions,
A short presentation of relevant debates and theories with which your work will engage,
The name of a potential supervisor whose research area is compatible with your interests with whom you would like to work. It is recommended that contact be made with a potential supervisor prior to submitting the application.
Sample of writing (optional)
Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Option A: MA with thesis
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Option B: MA with essay
**February 1 is the deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for funding. Applicants who do not require funding must submit applications by April 1. It is recommended that International students apply by March 15th to allow adequate time to obtain study permits.
Faculty members are involved with research initiatives at the local, national and international levels. As world experts in a variety of emerging and established fields, their findings are well represented in a number of recent publications.
SAGSA also hosts an annual interdisciplinary student conference in March. Previous editions have seen students from across Quebec and Canada present their research and foster dialogue across disciplines. Keynote speakers from past conferences have included Dr. Ram Jahku, Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier and Dr. Daniel Dagenais.
The Disestablishmentarian is a bi-annual peer-reviewed publication administered under the editorial direction of graduate students in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. The journal is strongly interdisciplinary and intended for emerging scholars of social and cultural analysis.
Our alumni are highly sought after by employment agencies, film production companies, non-profit organizations, universities and video game publishers. Recent graduates are working as artists, consultants, coordinators, creative directors, editors, executive directors, instructional technologists, interpreters, professors, program administrators, project managers, researchers, translators and writers.
Examples of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
Becky Lipton Research and Consulting Ltd.
Centre Génération Emploi
EMBA McGill-HEC Montreal
Fédération des francophone de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador
Genevieve Mari Designs Inc.
Université du Québec à Montréal
Many graduates also choose to continue their studies at the Doctoral level and have become faculty members in sister universities.