• Degree Offered: MA
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 5 for funding consideration, March 15 without funding requirement
  • Study Options: Thesis 
  • Length: 2 Years
  • Entry Term: September (Fall)

Anthropology is the holistic study of humankind from its early origins to present day societies and cultures. UNB offers the only comprehensive anthropology program in the Maritimes, with graduate study in socio-cultural, archaeological, bioarcheological and biomedical/biological anthropology.

Recent UNB graduates have gone on to doctoral programs at top universities, or have obtained employment in the region in government, non-governmental organizations or the private sector.

Research areas

  • Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Cultural resource management (CRM)
  • Medical and biological anthropology
  • Sociocultural anthropology

Current faculty research

Archaeology of the Northeast from the earliest human occupation of the North American continent up to the early Historic Period, with Dr. Sue Blair and Dr. Gabriel Hrynick. Our field programs emphasize collaborative research with Indigenous communities, and our students develop a variety of technical specialities, including lithic analysis, ceramic analysis, and geoarchaeology. Graduate students often participate in the Northeastern Archaeological Survey Coastal Field School.

Bioarchaeological studies of health and stress at the 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg, NS with Dr. Amy Scott. Dr. Scott’s work focuses on biochemical studies of stress, skeletal growth and development, mortuary traditions, method development and excavation techniques. Graduate students have the unique opportunity to work hands-on with skeletal remains from excavation through to laboratory analysis and participate in the UNB Bioarchaeology Field School.

Environmental anthropology in the Americas and Australia with Dr. Noah Pleshet and Dr. Daniel Tubb. Dr. Tubb's research addresses rural issues in New Brunswick, the commodification of nature (mining, biofuels, forestry, and wetlands), and ethnographic writing and narrative. Dr. Pleshet’s research is in applied sociocultural and environmental anthropology.

Medical anthropology, globalization, development and human health, including HIV/AIDS with Dr. Koumari Mitra.

Application requirements

  1. Applicants should hold an Honours BA in Anthropology with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B) Average.
  2. Applicants are required to submit a complete application, including three references, a one-page statement describing their interest, and a writing sample (e.g. and undergraduate paper).
  3. International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores of a minimum of IELTS band 7.


A 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 Board of Governor Merit Award, or a Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Award, which could add approximately $3,000 over 12 months. A maximum of five semesters of funding is possible.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Blair, Director of Graduate Studies, or Judy Babin, Graduate Secretary.

Office: Annex C, Rm. 28

Phone: 1-506-453-4975

Related: Anthropology Graduate Program