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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

One of the things I enjoy most about grad studies in this department is the small size, and how it creates a very close relationship amongst grad students, faculty and staff. The faculty members are very welcoming and willing to provide guidance with issues you may be facing in your research or academic career. The close ties between the department and local archaeological societies also allow students to be up to date with new developments and discoveries from across the province.

Ian Larsen
M.A. student


The Masters in Archaeology provides graduate students with the advanced theoretical and methodological tools they need for independent research and future employment in cultural resource management and other heritage-related industries. Students appreciate the collegial environment of the department and opportunities for practical experience in both field and lab.

Thanks to the varied research interests of our faculty, graduate students can be supervised in thesis research in Bioarchaeology, Historical Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology and Computer Applications amongst others. Our geographic emphasis is on the Plains and Boreal forest region, giving a strong sense of place to student study and making our program distinctive amongst western Canadian universities archaeology programs.


Students are required to have at least a 75% average or the equivalent in the last 60 credit units of their previous programs for entry into the MA program. An applicant must hold a B.A. Honours or B.Sc. Honours or equivalent degree in archaeology or anthropology. Students with Honours degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply, but they will be required to do qualifying course work.

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. 


The Department, as part of the devolved funding arrangement with the College of Graduate Studies and Research, provides 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.


Students graduating from our program are well-positioned to take up employment in Cultural Resource Management, teaching, museums and other occupations. The possibilities are endless!


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

M.A. +

Students are required to take 12 credit units of course work, must attend a graduate seminar throughout the program, fulfill a residency requirement of one year and write and defend a thesis based on an original piece of research.

A seriously motivated student should be able to earn the M.A. degree in two to three years (University regulations allow five years maximum for an M.A. program) if an appropriate thesis topic can be selected early and research into it begun promptly.



  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Honours or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Honours or, equivalent degree in archaeology or anthropology
  • students with Honours degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply, but they will be required to do qualifying course work
  • substantial course work in the area of declared research interest
  • a course in archaeological method and theory
  • applicants are strongly encouraged to identify the topic area in which they wish to do their thesis research so that a thesis supervisor can be assigned when the applicant is accepted