Master of Arts - Anthropology

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Students of this program learn about how concepts such as class, gender, and ethnicity relate to a variety of areas including development, environmental crises, imaginary worlds, labour, media, politics, religion, tourism, and heritage. Our graduate programs foster skills needed to think critically about these topics and engage with an increasingly globalized and complex world.

Many of our former graduate students went on to work as professional anthropologists. Others have used anthropology to advance their professions in journalism, filmmaking, and public policy. The Department has placed a great emphasis on the use of film and video in our research efforts in recent decades. Several graduate students have created ethnographic videos to supplement their thesis research projects.

Program structure

Anthropology is designed to be two years in duration. During that period, students are required to complete five primary tasks:

  • completion of four or more graduate courses, depending on the student's background preparation;
  • completion and defence of a thesis research proposal;
  • completion of fieldwork;
  • delivery of a public post-fieldwork seminar; and
  • completion of the MA thesis


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD


Requirements for applicants

Graduate diploma, MA - Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) normally in Anthropology or cognate discipline with a minimum of 75% in all Anthropology courses. For applicants with degrees in other disciplines, preference will be given to those with coursework in Anthropology with a minimum of 75% in each course.

  • Transcript(s) (Grad Transcript) and confirmation of degree (Grad Confirmation of Degree Awarded)
  • Two (2) letters of appraisal (Grad Reference)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (Grad Resume/CV)

Proof of English proficiency (Grad Proof of English Proficiency):

  1. TOEFL: An aggregate score of 80 (92 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
  2. IELTS Academic: An aggregate score of 6.5 (7 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
  3. Duolingo English Test: An aggregate score of 115 (125 for graduate programs with higher English proficiency requirements)
  4. CAEL: A score between 50 and 60 in each of four bands, with at least 2 band scores of 60
  5. CanTEST: Band Level 4.5 in the listening comprehension and reading comprehension sub-tests and a score of 4 in writing
  6. MET: A score of 59%
  7. PTE Academic: Minimum scores of 58 in each of reading, writing, listening, and speaking
  8. MUN Test of English Language: Minimum scores of 60 in reading and listening, 60 in writing, and 60 in speaking

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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