Applying to the Program

Students wishing to apply to the program should submit a completed application form (link to the form), all university transcripts, an updated curriculum vitae, two letters of reference from previous university professors, a statement of interest, and a relevant sample of your writing.

Your statement of interest will help us to make a preliminary assessment of how your interests fit with those of potential instructors and thesis supervisors. It should include, as far as possible, reference to:

  1. Experience to date in anthropology and related disciplines and/or in non-academic settings which you consider relevant to your capacity to pursue graduate studies;
  2. Special areas and fields of interest;
  3. Directions you hope to pursue in a graduate program, including your proposed thesis or major research paper topic if you have developed any ideas along that line;
  4. Reasons for wishing to undertake graduate studies at Memorial.

The sample of your written work may have been done for some other purpose, such as a term paper or a published article. Choose a piece that is relatively short, but which best reflects your scholarly capabilities.

Minimum admission requirements

  • Graduate diploma, MA - Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) normally in Anthropology or cognate discipline with a minimum of 75% in all Anthropology courses. For applicants with degrees in other disciplines, preference will be given to those with coursework in Anthropology with a minimum of 75% in each course.
  • PhD – normally a Master's degree in Anthropology with a minimum of 80% in graduate courses. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in a cognate discipline with a minimum of 80% in graduate courses are also considered.


All application materials must be received by the university by no later than January 15th of each year. Students will be notified of the status of their applications before May and would be expected to begin coursework in the following September.