Master’s program

General information and program requirements - Master of Arts Anthropology

In ever-changing social and environmental conditions, anthropology offers new critical perspectives on the world by highlighting how local and global issues are connected. The discipline’s field research method, ethnography, makes it possible to document in real time a host of complex phenomena pertaining to diverse topics such as medicine, the environment, minorities, media, indigenousness and more. Anthropology students live “in the moment” to observe and understand the contemporary issues that emerge during field research taking place anywhere in the world.

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The School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

The School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa offers a distinctive and innovative approach to culture and society, in both French and English.
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PhD program

General information and program requirements - Doctorate in Anthropology

The doctoral program in Anthropology at the University of Ottawa features innovative training that brings together the existing strengths of anthropology (field work, ethnography, international experience, and multidisciplinarity) with a contemporary theoretical approach to the study of anthropology. Moreover, the doctoral program features a new curriculum that includes a professional development seminar and a comprehensive exercise that favours the integration of doctoral candidates into the labour market.

In a rapidly evolving social and environmental context, anthropology brings new critical perspectives to the problems and challenges of the contemporary world by highlighting the links between local problems and global issues. The method of inquiry grounded in field work, ethnography, allows the researcher to document in real time the complexity of phenomena all the while situating various themes, including medicine, the environment, new media, the city, politics, the economy and Indigeneity in diverse social and cultural contexts.

This program is offered full time in French and in English. That being said, the three required doctoral seminars are offered only in French.

Admission deadlines - Canadian students
Admission deadlines - International students

Note: Based on availability in the program, strong applications will continue to be examined and admission scholarships are available for all eligible candidates.


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School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 10005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5

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Tel.: 613-562-5720

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Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Supervisor of the Master's Program in Anthropology

Julie Laplante
Social Sciences Building
Room 10020
Phone: 613-562-5800 ext. 6134
[email protected]