The Department of Anthropology falls under the University of Manitoba Faculty of Graduate Studies and therefore follow the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements.
Normally, the department does not accept students to the M.A. or Ph.D. programs who have a cumulative GPA of less than 3.5 or equivalent in the last two previous years of full time university study (60 credit hours).
The department has an expectation for applicants applying to the Master of Arts graduate degree to have majored in Anthropology in their undergraduate degree. Applicants who did not major in Anthropology will be looked at on a case by case basis for admission. Applicants with a non-Anthropology background may be recommended for acceptance into the Pre-Master’s Program.
The Department does not accept into its Ph.D. program either students with only Bachelor’s degrees, students transferring from a Master’s program or a student from a non-Anthropology background.
A student will only be considered for admission if a faculty member agrees to act as his/her advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with potential advisors ahead of time; however the Graduate Programs Committee will attempt to find a suitable advisor for those applications that do not specify a proposed advisor.
In addition to the required documents set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Department of Anthropology requires the following supporting documentation submitted on the online application website:
Please check out the FAQ for questions about every step of the application process, and direct any questions you may have about the document submission and application process to:
Faculty of Graduate Studies
For questions specific to the Department of Anthropology, please contact
The deadline for application submission into the M.A. or Ph.D. program is January 15. Students who apply before this date will automatically be considered for the UMGF.
Please note the Department of Anthropology graduate program only has a start date of September.
Submission of the application form, all supporting materials and payment of application fee should be submitted by the deadline to be considered for entrance into a program beginning in the fall.
Applications to the Ph.D. program are, in addition, judged on the basis of demonstrated research competence at the M.A. level.
The Pre-Masters program is normally reserved for students with an academic background other than anthropology. Anthropology students who do not have a four-year (Honours/Advanced B.A.) undergraduate degree or who lack a sufficient grade point average in their undergraduate degree are recommended to seek advice from the department on how to use the Special Student category to upgrade their qualifications.