Social and Cultural Anthropology (MA)

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Master of Arts (MA)
Program type
Thesis, Course-based
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1-2 years
45 credits
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Program overview

The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology enables students to conduct research into a wide array of topics including gender, colonialism, media and technology, language, environmental politics and the senses. In the thesis option, fieldwork projects are individualized, giving you the freedom to choose your subjects and/or a community to work with in consultation with your supervisor. Or you may choose to pursue a year-long, essay (non-thesis) option that requires you to engage in a broad and rigorous study of anthropological literature. This course of study is well-suited for those wanting to dedicate more energy to course work or for a faster point of entry into a Doctoral program. Our faculty members work all over the world on a wide range of topics, and also run local research clusters such as the Centre for Sensory Studies and the Concordia Ethnography Lab.

Program structure

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines



February 1







Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.

The Quebec and Canadian governments offer a number of competitive graduate scholarships. We encourage you to apply for these awards at the same time you are preparing your application.

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