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Anthropology

Anthropology

Location

Location

  • Department of Anthropology
  • Stephen Leacock Building
  • 855 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 718
  • Montreal, QC H3A 2T7
  • Canada

About Anthropology

About Anthropology

Our Department places high priority on research and on maintaining a distinguished graduate program. Each year, we admit only a small number of very highly qualified applicants for studies leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology. Thus, our students benefit from close supervision by their committees and from high-quality peer exchange. By maintaining a high staff-student ratio, we are able to offer our graduate students an unusual degree of flexibility and personalized attention in designing their programs according to their specific interests. There are no comprehensive examinations, and the program is particularly congenial to students who are self-directed.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits)
The purpose of the M.A. program is to provide advanced-level training in anthropology and to prepare students for research at the Ph.D. level.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Development Studies (48 credits)
The Development Studies Option (DSO) is a cross-disciplinary M.A. program that is unique in Canada, if not the world, because it is designed to provide students with a strong practical and theoretical foundation for engaging in genuinely cross-disciplinary research. The option is offered within existing M.A. and Ph.D. programs in the departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. This thesis option is open to master's students specializing in development studies. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. or Ph.D. requirements of that unit. Students will take an interdisciplinary seminar and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues. The M.A. or Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to development studies, approved by the DSO coordinating committee.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
The Environment option is aimed at students who wish to use interdisciplinary approaches in their graduate research on environmental issues and who wish to benefit from interaction with students from a wide range of different disciplines. Through research, seminars, and two courses, this option adds an interdisciplinary layer that will challenge students to defend their research and think in a broader context. The graduate option in Environment provides students with an appreciation of the role of science in informing decision-making in the environment sector, and the influence of political, socio-economic, and ethical judgments on those decisions. Students who have been admitted through their home department or faculty may apply for admission to the option. Option requirements are consistent across academic units. The option is coordinated by the McGill School of Environment (MSE), in partnership with participating academic units.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (48 credits)
The graduate option in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet degree requirements in Anthropology (and other participating departments and faculties), who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women’s studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The thesis must be on a topic centrally related to gender and/or women’s studies.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The purpose of the M.A. program is to provide advanced-level training in anthropology and to prepare students for research at the Ph.D. level.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Medical Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits)
The M.A. program in Medical Anthropology is given jointly by the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine (SSOM). For additional information, including seminar offerings, please refer to the SSOM section.
M.A. Degree with Research Paper (45 credits)
(Not offered in 2012–2013.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology
The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to enable students to make original contributions to anthropological research in the form of a doctoral thesis. This must be based on a comprehensive understanding of prior research relevant to the topic investigated.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology — Neotropical Environment
The Ph.D. program in Neotropical Environment (NEO) is a specialized, interdisciplinary program made possible by collaborating institutions in Canada, Panama, and the United States. Students will complete their research in Latin America, and NEO's core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama. NEO is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the neotropics and Latin American countries. Students work under the supervision of researchers from McGill and/or the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). This is a research-based option for Ph.D. students in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Bioresource Engineering, Geography, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, and Political Science at McGill University.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology – Sociocultural Stream
The Ph.D. program in sociocultural anthropology offers a fieldwork-based doctoral training leading to the writing of a Ph.D. thesis. The program is intended for students wishing to concentrate on sociocultural issues, in and across major geographic areas (Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America, and Asia).

Anthropology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Anthropology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Revision, October 2012. Start of revision.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

For applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based or 100 on the Internet-based test (iBT), with each component score not less than 20, is required.

A number of teaching assistantships are available to graduate students in the Department. Applicants who wish to be considered for an assistantship, a McGill Recruitment Fellowship, or for Differential Fee Waivers (for international students) should include a note to that effect with their applications. For information regarding a variety of other fellowship programs, see the Graduate Fellowships and Awards Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/calendars.

Application information is available on the Department website.

Master's

Admission to the M.A. program is open competitively to students holding an Honours or Major B.A. in Anthropology. Outstanding candidates with B.A. degrees in other disciplines but with substantial background related to anthropology are sometimes admitted on the condition that they complete a specified number of additional courses in Anthropology.

The applicants admitted usually have undergraduate grade point averages of 3.5 or above on a 4.0-point scale.

Ph.D.

Admission to the Ph.D. program is open competitively to students with a master’s degree in Anthropology. In very special circumstances, candidates with a master’s degree in related disciplines may be admitted.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures (for All Admissions Starting Summer 2013) for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Research Proposal
  • GRE results

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Note: The Department Admissions Committee announces its selections by mid-March.

Revision, October 2012. End of revision.

Anthropology Faculty

Anthropology Faculty

Chair
Ronald Niezen
Professors
Colin A. Chapman; B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.(Alta.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment)
Ronald W. Niezen; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.Phil., Ph.D.(Camb.)
Jérôme Rousseau; M.A.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Cant.)
Philip Carl Salzman; A.B.(Antioch), M.A., Ph.D.(Chic.)
Allan Young; B.A.(Penn.), M.A.(Wash.), Ph.D.(Penn.) (joint appt. with Social Studies of Medicine)
Associate Professors
Michael S. Bisson; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.)
André Costopoulos; B.A.(McG.), M.Sc.(Montr.), Ph.D.(Oulu, Finland)
John Galaty; M.A., Ph.D.(Chic.)
Sandra T. Hyde; B.A.(Calif.-Santa Cruz), M.P.H.(Hawaii), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Carmen Lambert; B.A.(Montr.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Kristin Norget; B.A.(Vic., BC), M.Phil., D.Phil.(Cant.)
James M. Savelle; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Ott.), M.A.(Ark.), Ph.D.(Alta.)
Colin H. Scott; B.A.(Regina), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
Assistant Professors
Gwen Bennett; B.A.(N'western), M.A., Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (joint appt. with East Asian Studies)
Nicole Couture; B.A.(Trent), M.A., Ph.D.(Chic.)
Eduardo O. Kohn; B.A.(Oberlin), M.A., Ph.D.(Wisc.-Madison)
Setrag Manoukian; B.A.(U. di Venezia), M.A., Ph.D.(Mich.) (joint appt. with Institute of Islamic Studies)
Margaret Lisa Stevenson; B.A.(N. Carolina, Chapel Hill), Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Ismael Vaccaro; B.A.(Barcelona), M.A.(E.H.E.SS. Paris), M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment)

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits)

The student's program of work, which is based on his/her research interests, is developed in consultation with the student's supervisor and the two other members of his or her advisory committee.

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Development Studies (48 credits)

The Development Studies Option is a cross-disciplinary M.A. program offered as an option within existing M.A. programs in the departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology.

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Development Studies (48 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (48 credits)

This is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in Anthropology, who wish to focus on gender and women's studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. The thesis must be on a topic centrally related to gender and/or women's studies.

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (48 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

(Not offered in 2012-2013.) The Master's degree with research paper is a 45-credit program: five courses (15 credits), a Proseminar (6 credits), and the research paper (24 credits). The student's program of work is developed in consultation with the student's supervisor and the two other members of his or her advisory committee. It consists of: five courses ...

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Non-Thesis) (45 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Medical Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits)

This program is open to students with backgrounds in the social sciences, the medical professions, or the medical sciences. The M.A. degree is awarded by the Anthropology Department and admission is granted by a joint admissions committee made up of representatives from Anthropology and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine.

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Medical Anthropology (Thesis) (48 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology — Neotropical Environment

All new Neotropical Environment students will be encouraged to spend the month of August (prior to September admission) in Panama to take their first core course and familiarize themselves with the country.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Anthropology — Neotropical Environment.

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 22, 2012) (disclaimer)