Anthropology Graduate Program

The Anthropology Department offers a Master of Arts (MA) program in socio-cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology. In socio-cultural anthropology, a range of topics and geographical areas are covered, including Atlantic Canada, northeastern North America and Southeast Asia. In biological anthropology, the focus is on medical anthropology, bioarchaeology and forensics with a geographical focus on southeast Asia, North America and South Asia. In archaeology a range of topics are covered including archaeological theory, methods and practice, geoarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology and community-based archaeology, the geographic areas covered are the Maritime Provinces and adjacent areas of Canada and the United States. Students benefit from a small-group learning environment that facilitates intensive study of contemporary issues in anthropology. To understand how our program works please see our abbreviated graduate handbook. 

Admission  Requirements

The normal admission requirement is a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in anthropology with at least a 3.0 (B) average. However, funding for the program is competitive, and a student with a cumulative GPA of less than A- (3.7) is unlikely to be funded. Eligibility for funding is a consideration for admissions into the program.

Students are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in the subdiscipline that they intend to conduct graduate research. Promising students without an anthropology Honours degree or without adequate subdisciplinary background may be admitted for a qualifying or probationary period (usually two semesters). Students should consult the regulations of the UNB School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and with the anthropology Director of Graduate Studies (DoGS) for more information on a qualifying period. It is the responsibility of the student to fund a qualifying year. Qualifying year students should be aware that they may be ineligible for federal and provincial student loan programs. Completion of a qualifying period does not mean automatic acceptance into the graduate program. Acceptance is conditional upon successful completion of the required Honours seminars, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better, and the agreement of the student's prospective graduate supervisor(s).

Scholarships and Awards

MA-level teaching assistantship is valued at approximately $15,000 over 12 months. Outstanding students, such as those who hold a first class honours degree, are eligible to receive a top up merit award (Board of Governor Merit Award, or the Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Award ) valued at approximately $3000.00 over 12 months. A maximum of five semesters of funding is possible.


For information visit our Financial Services Tuition and Fees website for Masters and PhD Students.

Timing and Application

Graduate programs are run throughout the year and divided, for administrative purposes, into three consecutive terms: Fall Term (September-December); Winter Term (January-April); and Summer Term (May-August). The normal length of the MA program is two calendar years (6 terms).  However, maximum funding available is for 5 terms.

Application to the MA of Arts in Anthropology should be made on-line with the School of Graduate Studies, UNB.

Completed official application forms and all supporting documents must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Applications may be submitted at any time of the year, but only those submitted before January 15 will be considered for funding. Students can enter the program in September or January.

Official on-line application is required forms are available from the School of Graduate Studies.

For further information on the MA Program in Anthropology, write to

Dr. Melanie Wiber
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Anthropology
University of New Brunswick
P. O. Box 4400
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5A3 Canada
Telephone: (506) 453-4975
Fax: (506) 453-5071

Dr. Melanie Wiber

Judy Babin Administrative Assistant, Department of Anthropology

For information about graduate studies at UNB, write to:

The School of Graduate Studies
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 4400
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5A3 Canada

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