MA in Anthropology

Admission Requirements

See graduate general regulation 1.3 for general requirements. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has certain requirements beyond the Dean of Graduate Studies regulations, namely 3.25 C.G.P.A. for admission, a written statement about current interests and prospective research, a sample of the applicants scholarly work, an updated curriculum vitae, and three reference letters. How well the applicant’s proposed research coincides with the research and teaching interests of the faculty is an important admission consideration.

Please view the Application Information page for further details of the admission requirements.

Admission applications are normally considered once each year at the end of January. The program commences in September. Contact the graduate program chair or the graduate program assistant for further information.

Graduate Seminar

All full-time graduate students must attend and actively participate in the graduate seminar during their first program term.

Language Requirement

Although French or a foreign language is desirable, there is no prescribed language requirement but, where a language other than English is necessary for field work or reading, proficiency is required.

Time Limits

Normally, the MA program is completed within six terms, or two full years of study. Required courses are normally completed within the first two terms of MA program enrolment.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to complete more than these courses at the discretion of the supervisory committees.

Students complete a total of 30 units, including all of

SA 840 - Graduate Seminar (2)

SA 870 - Theories in Anthropology (5)

SA 875 - Ethnographic Methodology: Social/Cultural Anthropology (5)

SA 898 - MA Thesis (10)

and two of

SA 815 – Theories of Latin American Development (4)

SA 835 – Social and Political Change in Latin America (4)

SA 871 - Readings in Anthropology I (5)*

SA 872 - Readings in Anthropology II (5)*

SA 886 - Selected Problems in Social Analysis (5)

SA 887 – Special Topics in Sociology/Anthropology (5)

* Students may also choose a graduate course or graduate directed readings course in another Simon Fraser University department, or from another university that is part of the Western Dean's Agreement. Supervisory committee and departmental graduate program committee approval required.


The thesis, completed by all students, will normally consist of no more than 75 pages, inclusive of bibliographies, appendices and tables. At the discretion of the supervisory committee, the maximum number of pages may be increased, normally only to facilitate the inclusion of large appendices and tables. The student’s supervisory committee and a qualified external examiner will examine the thesis, and a public oral defence will be held. Theses are electronically submitted to the library.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the graduate general regulations (residence, course work, academic progress, supervision, research competence requirement, completion time, and degree completion), as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled, as shown above.