Social and Cultural Anthropology (MA)
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
- 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.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
Please see the Sociology and Anthropology Courses page for course descriptions.
MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (45 credits)
credits chosen from one of the following options:
MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Thesis - Field Research (Option A)
MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology with Thesis - Bibliographic Research (Option B)
Note 1. All students are required to plan courses related to their own interests with the help of advisors.
You may choose one of two options.
- Option A: MA with thesis
- Option B: MA with essay
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.
Consult the graduate calendar for full degree requirements.
Your completed application will include:
- Application form and Fee
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Three Letters of Reference and assessment form
- 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
- Proof of Canadian citizenship (if applicable)
- Applicants whose primary language is not English, are required to submit official language test scores, unless exempted.
Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.
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Option A: MA with thesis
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Option B: MA with essay
Courses typically offered include:
- Identity and Difference
- World Anthropologies
- Ethnographic Research and Ethics
- New Directions in Anthropological Research (the content of this course changes each year)
Consult the graduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.
Master’s students are eligible for a variety of scholarships and fellowships, Research assistant and Teaching assistant positions, conference travel awards and other in-course funding.
Consideration for Entrance Awards is automatically part of the admissions process for all new students. Awards that are available for Master’s students include:
- Faculty of Arts and Science Fellowships ($7,000)
- Concordia Merit Scholarships ($10,000)
- Hydro-Quebec Graduate Award ($5,000)
- Arts and Science Fellowship in Ethnic Studies and Social Diversity ($7,500)
- Mentor Awards ($5,000)
- Out-of-Province Fee Remission Awards ($6,000)
- Teaching Assistantships ($3200/term)
- Cary Boucock Memorial Award ($500)
- Susan Russell Memorial Graduate Award ($500)
Students pursuing fieldwork are eligible to apply for the Graduate Student Mobility Award which provides financial assistance for conducting fieldwork abroad as part of their degree.
We encourage students seeking admission to our program to apply for funding from external sources in the final year of their undergraduate studies (e.g. FRQSC, SSHRC).
Please consult Concordia’s graduate funding page.
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.
- environment and infrastructure
- food studies
- gender and development
- histories of anthropology
- Indigenous studies
- Jewish culture
- kinship and family
- language and culture
- Latin America
- law and society
- new media
- North America
- political anthropology
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- The Middle East
- The Pacific
- transnational links
The Sociology and Anthropology Graduate Students’ Association (SAGSA) represents the collective interests and promotes the general welfare of graduate students in the department.
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:
- L’Arche Internationale
- 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.
- Jain University
- Organic Alberta
- Université du Québec à Montréal
- Waboos Productions
- College Vanier
- CEGEP Dawson
- College Brébeuf
Many graduates also choose to continue their studies at the Doctoral level and have become faculty members in sister universities.