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Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Graduate study in Anthropology at McMaster is based on the closely matched interests of faculty supervisors and students.  The department has a complement of 17 full-time faculty, along with a number of adjunct faculty and associated members from different departments (e.g., Geography and Earth Sciences, Religious Studies). Our faculty and graduate student research encompasses North America, Indigenous Study, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast and East Asia. The Department offers courses in the following subfields: archaeological, physical, or sociocultural anthropology, and the Anthropology of Health

At McMaster, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, and graduate students think and act as a community of scholars.  Professional development and collegiality are further enhanced through participation in the graduate workshop. There are usually a total of 10-15 MA and 20-25 PhD students in the graduate program at any one academic year. In consultation with faculty, students develop their own individual programs of course work and research. We encourage every graduate student to prepare conference presentations and publications. 

To facilitate research and timely completion of graduate study, student funding (including TA-ships and scholarships) is guaranteed - two years for MA students and four years for PhD students.  Many PhD students receive University support for fieldwork expenses. Our students also consistently maintain a very high success rate in obtaining external funding.

We welcome applications from students whose interests match the research orientation of our program.  Students considering McMaster for graduate study are encouraged to communicate with potential supervisors and graduate students in the program before making their decisions to apply. 


Further inquiries can be directed to:
Graduate Program CNH-524
Tel: 905-525-9140 ext. 24424


Links to some of our graduates and former postdoctoral fellows

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