Anthropology – Social

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The program focuses on the social/cultural anthropology of contemporary societies. The program is ideally suited to students who are independent thinkers and who value flexibility.

Faculty members provide students individual attention and supportive supervision. Faculty members have a wide range of academic interests and active research projects in a range of settings. Many have worked professionally outside the academy. The program emphasizes theoretical and practical research that combines conceptual sophistication, reflexivity and political engagement at various levels from the global to the regional and the local. The program prepares students for careers as professional anthropologists within the academy and for a diverse range of local, national and international careers and professions outside the academy.

Core courses provide in-depth knowledge about established and innovate methodologies, foundational and cutting-edge theories, and historic and contemporary academic debates in anthropology. There is also a strong emphasis on developing solid and transferable research skills. Elective courses provide breadth by analyzing change and complexity in social and cultural life in a range of contexts. Fieldwork, particularly in the PhD program, provides students with close-up engagements with political, social and cultural actors and locations.

Stream and Specializations: 
  • Health, Illness & the Body
  • Knowledge Systems
  • Power, Politics & Development
  • Representation, Identity & Performance

MA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Major research paper
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    July 11, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV
    • Sample of written work
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 6 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    July 11, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Resumé or CV
    • Sample of written work
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3