McGill University

Ph.D. On Campus
36 months
16122 CAD/year
2622 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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At Anthropology from McGill University thesis must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. 


Anthropology from McGill University research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain. 

Students at Anthropology from McGill University will:

  • make original contributions to research in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, and medical anthropology in the form of a doctoral thesis. 
  • concentrate on different geographic areas (including Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America, and Asia).
  • benefit from close supervision by their committees and from high-quality peer exchange.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory 
  • Proseminar in Anthropology
  • PhD Comprehensive Examination
  • PhD Proposal Defence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadline for Current McGill Students (any citizenship) - 15.12




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the Ph.D. program is open competitively to students with a master’s degree in Anthropology. In very special circumstances, candidates with a master’s degree in related disciplines may be admitted.
  • GRE results – for international applicants only
  • TOEFL – for non-anglophone and non-francophone applicants
  • Writing Sample – a recent sample of the applicant's written work, on any topic (not necessarily within the desired field of graduate study), not necessarily previously submitted for evaluation or publication in English or French, and no more than 15 pages in length
  • Personal Statement – an essay in which the applicant describes reasons for applying to graduate studies and indicates qualifications, qualities, or circumstances the applicant feels to be significant. Applicants usually provide information about educational and professional goals, and discuss their interest in the desired field of study
  • Curriculum Vitae

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16122 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8061 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2622 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1311 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.


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