January 15th is the deadline to apply to begin the program in September. Late applications may be considered but most awards are made in February and March.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years

Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human beings, past and present, in comparative, cross-cultural and holistic light, emphasizing the dynamic nature of cultural adaptation and change. Our students and faculty carry out extensive field work in Canada, as well as in many areas of the world, including Latin America and eastern Europe. The graduate program has a focus on medical anthropology and environmental anthropology.

Our location and local connections also make us a leader in community-based and collaborative research with Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on health, governance, land claims, and traditional ecological knowledge.

Medical Anthropology

Medical anthropology - the cross-cultural study of health, illness, and health systems - remains one of the fastest growing sub-fields of anthropology. 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.

Environmental Anthropology

Environmental anthropology is a rapidly emerging and timely sub-field of anthropology. Environmental anthropologists study not only how the environment shapes human culture and society, but also how humans shape the environment, and offers an understanding of human dimensions of environmental problems, leading to more effective solutions. Like medical anthropology, a sophisticated understanding of culture is found at the core of this sub-field.

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Sylvia AbonyiMedical Anthropology, Population Research Ethics, Ethnographic Methodologies, Indigenous Health, Population Health, Community-based Research
Pamela DowneHIV/AIDS, community-based research, cross-cultural research, epidemics, feminism, gender, health, motherhood, pain, policy, women
Alexander ErvinApplied anthropology, cultural change, globalization, political ecology, social movements
Paul Hackett20th Century, Indigenous, aboriginal, community, culture, disease, health
Natalia Khanenko-FriesenCanada, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, community, community engagement, culture, diaspora, folklore, storytelling
Philip LoringFood systems and security, fisheries, local food movements, environmental justice, climatic and environmental change, indigenous cultures
David NatcherAboriginal land and resource management, economic and environmental anthropology, Arctic and Subarctic North America
Sadeq RahimiCultural Consultation, Cultural Psychiatry, Hauntology, Health Services, Intergenerational Transmission of Affect, Iran, Islamic Cultures, Mental Illness, Political Subjectivity, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Subjectivity, Turkey
James B. WaldramAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Indigenous, aboriginal, central america, cultural psychology, culture, disaster, ethnography, healing, medical anthropology, mental health, psychological anthropology, risk
Clinton WestmanAboriginal, Animals, Consultations, Energy, Environment, Religion, indigenous

Tuition and funding


Our department provides a limited number of graduate scholarships amounting to $16,000 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 for work 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.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Arts

  • 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
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A Research Statement. Your Research Statement should be two to three pages in length and:
    • indicate the area of specialization or stream within Anthropology in which you intend to study (see departmental website), with whom you would prefer to work, and why
    • identify a research issue or problem that you wish to study, and why it is important
    • detail relevant background experience, education and training
    • comment on your planned future academic and/or private sector ambitions, and how you feel our program will assist you as you move forward
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (may be done during the online application)
  • Writing Sample - Please submit essays or terms papers (two in number) which have substantial arguments or other critical content, preferably with an anthropological orientation. Original copies with the instructor's comments and grading would be appreciated, if possible. If you have published a paper, that would be a very suitable submission in place of one of the term papers.


Department of Archaeology & Anthropology
55 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B1

Graduate Chair
Dr. Margaret Kennedy

Graduate Administrator
Debbie Croteau