How to apply

We offer two post-graduate degrees: a research-based MA and PhD.

The deadine for all applications is January 15.

When you apply for the MA or PhD program your application and supporting documents are submitted online to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. Applications are first reviewed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies after which they are forwarded to the Anthropology Department for decision.

For steps pertaining to admissions, see here.

Deadlines for external funding may be before our application deadlines. Apply beforehand and note that you have done so on your application. Read more about SSHRC and other funds now.

Please note: Applicants for our MA or PhD programs are advised to consult a potential thesis or dissertation advisor. For a list of Anthropology faculty and their research areas, see the faculty index.

More questions? Please see our FAQ page for additional information and if you still need help please contact the graduate secretary, Jindra Bélanger, at

What are the admissions requirements?

Academic Calendar 2020-21 - Admission Requirements: MA and PhD.

FGS Admission requirements and deadlines webpage.

What are the GPA requirements?

For admission to the MA program - minimum overall average of B+ (6.0 GPA) for the last two years of university work.

For admission to the PhD program - minimum average of A- (7.0 GPA) in their master's program.

GPA calculations on the FGS Admission requirements webpage.

Please note GPA calculations are not done by our department but directly by GARO (Graduate Admissions and Records Office).

Upgrading your GPA - see the Academic Calendar for your options.

Required documents?

Please review the application process checklist.

ANTH department require the following items with your application:

  • Online application form
  • Statement of Intent: 1-2 pages which highlight relevant aspects of your background and training, describe your general research interests and how they correspond with your supervisor’s.
  • Writing sample: this can be your term paper, honours thesis or a published paper that best reflects your abilities. No specific length.
  • CV
  • 2 assessment reports and/or letters of reference: the online application will prompt you to provide two names (or more) and email addresses. Automatic assessment requests will be sent out once you submit your application and your references will have an option to upload a reference letter or complete the online questionnaire. Please ask your references to submit their assessment by the end of January.
  • Transcripts: electronic copies of your transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (including transfer credits) are sufficient until an offer of admission is made – then you will be required to submit original hard copies directly to GARO office. For more information on what is considered "unofficial transcripts", please see the "submission of documents“ page on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website

Language Proficiency: Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not resided in a designated English-speaking country for three years immediately prior to the entry-point applied for, must provide proof of English language proficiency. For more information and minimum test scores check here.

More on submission of documents here.

Do I need to contact a prospective supervisor before applying?

Applicants are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor before applying.

Please see our list of faculty members at the regular faculty members and their research interests and then contact the one(s) you would be interested in working with, describe your research interest and ask if they will be taking on new students.

​Please note that supervisor’s agreement to take you as a student does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.

How to apply?

To ensure that your application receives full consideration and timely attention, please read the following instructions carefully:

Complete your application form - this includes disclosing all post-secondary institutions where any course registrations were made. Failure to disclose may result in having your admission and registration cancelled. The application fee requirement cannot be waived. If you need to make arrangements for someone else (possibly a friend or family member) to pay the application fee contact the Graduate Admissions and Records office for more information.

You will need to provide the names and email addresses of your chosen assessors when you submit your online application. It is important that you contact your referees prior to applying to confirm their willingness to provide you with an assessment.

Ensure that all documents are submitted under the same name. If documents are received with alternate spellings or different names, delays will undoubtedly occur. Submit your application early. The majority of applications are received within two weeks of the deadlines. Processing is much slower at these times.  Please ensure that you plan ahead with your application and the materials required. It could take several weeks for transcripts and assessment reports to arrive and be processed for review.

When will I be notified?

We will do our best to notify students by the end of March or beginning of April.

How do I check the status of my application?

You can view the checklist on your My UVic application profile for a list of received and outstanding documents. You will be able to upload new documents to your applications even after the application has been submitted. Please keep in mind that it could take few days before all documents received will appear on your checklist. If documents are received during holiday closure or at an extremely busy time of year it could take a little longer.

Once your file has sufficient information for evaluation, a graduate admissions and records officer will review it to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Once this is confirmed your file will be forwarded to the specific program department for their assessment. You will be advised of the decision as soon as possible, but in some cases this may take many weeks.