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Department of Archaeology & Anthropology


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Marg Kennedy

Graduate Secretary: Debbie Croteau

Phone: (306) 966-2794

Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
University of Saskatchewan
55 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5E2

Being a part of the Anthropology Graduate program is a unique and enriching experience. The Medical Anthropology program, in particular, is unlike any other because there are only a handful of universities within Canada that offer this exciting and intellectually challenging program. What I especially like about the Anthropology program is the diverse academic backgrounds among the professors and my fellow students. 

Allison Carlson 
M.A. student 


The anthropology master's program is designed to provide students with leading edge training in theoretical and methodological approaches to the discipline. Research interests of participating faculty include local, national, and international issues. Our faculty has undertaken research in Canada and throughout the world, including Alaska, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Turkey as well as other parts of eastern Europe. 

The University of Saskatchewan is rich in resources and faculty in these areas, having more trained medical anthropologists and environmental anthropologists on faculty than almost any other Canadian university. 

Normally, students will be expected to have a four-year honours degree in anthropology. However, the program structure will accommodate students from other backgrounds such as sociology, psychology, geography, environmental studies, native studies, community health, nursing, medicine, and other fields where an appropriate academic background can be established. Additional coursework may be required.

For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.


Your acceptance is dependent upon a supervisor being available. A faculty list is available at Contact faculty members to inquire about their willingness to act as a potential supervisor. 

Complete the online application and send the following to the Graduate Secretary. 

  • A letter or statement of intent outlining your research interests. 
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s): Your official transcripts must be sent by the registrar(s) of the university or universities which you have attended.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Samples of your work - essays or term papers. Include anything that you may have published.  

Further details on the application package are available at 

International students must provide proof of English proficiency. 


January 15th is the deadline for applications for students who wish to begin their program the following September. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the graduate chair. 


We provide a limited number of graduate scholarships amounting to $15,000 per twelve-month period to qualifying students. (An average of at least 80% must have been obtained in last two years of academic work). Academic Student Assistantships are available, payable on an hourly basis for work (not exceeding 8 hours per week) provided to faculty and the department. A limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships are available with expectations that student will teach one course or equivalent work in the academic year. Information on other potential internal and external funding opportunities will be provided. 


Graduates of the program will be well-prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level in anthropology, health or environmental studies, professional programs or to pursue private sector opportunities in the health, social services, environmental or cultural sectors. 

M.A. +

Our Masters program emphasizes two streams:

Medical Anthropology is the cross-cultural study of health, illness and health systems and is one of the fastest-growing subfields of Anthropology in North America. It is unique in that it places central importance on the role of culture in understanding human suffering, response to illness, and resilience, and this sets it apart from cognate fields like medical sociology, health psychology, or community health. Medical anthropology brings to the discussion the most advanced theoretical development of the concept of culture and its role in health, and the complex cross-cultural methods required to properly study it.

Environmental Anthropology studies not only how the environment shapes human culture and society but also how humans shape the environment and provides insights on the socially constructed nature of these relationships. Environmental anthropologists study both ancient prehistory and contemporary debates; from Indigenous elders to scientists, activists, and corporate leaders. Environmental anthropology offers understanding of human dimensions of environmental problems, leading to more effective solutions.


  • Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) or equivalent in anthropology or related social or health science
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research