Anthropology: Anthropology PhD

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy is primarily a research degree. A program of study is designed for each student to ensure competence in a field of research, culminating in the writing of a thesis.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree or 2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

Depending on subfield or area of research, completion of the PhD may take longer than the indicated program length below. See the departmental handbook for details.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Anthropology’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission is offered primarily to excellent students who, by the time of enrolment, have completed a master’s degree in anthropology (or a cognate subject).

  • All applicants are expected to have achieved grades averaging the equivalent of a University of Toronto A- or better in their last full year of study. Most successful applicants will have finished or be in the process of completing an MA or MSc.

  • Applicants must satisfy the department that they have the appropriate background to enter a particular program of graduate study.

  • Two letters of reference.

  • A brief statement of interest (not exceeding 1,000 words).

  • Applicants are required to identify departmental members with whom they want to conduct PhD research. The department regrets that it cannot admit students to the PhD program, regardless of their qualifications, unless a supervisor is available.

  • Undergraduate students with strong backgrounds in anthro​pology or relevant disciplines (GPA of 3.70 or above in their last 5.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) and who have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a concentration in anthropology or a cognate discipline may apply directly for admission​ to the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of the academic year, each student will submit, with the SGS enrolment form, a program statement describing his or her plan to meet program requirements.

  • A minimum of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs), of which at least 1.5 FCEs are normally in anthropology.

  • Attain at least an A– average in coursework to continue in the PhD program in good standing.

  • Submit research proposal by the end of the second session of Year 2 (e.g., May 1 for students who start in September).

  • Before proceeding to full-time research (achieving candidacy), students must:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​Be resident on campus for one year.

    • Complete the minimum of 3.0 FCEs (noted above), of which at least 1.5 FCEs are normally in anthropology.

    • Gain experience in research methods and design; requirement can be filled by completing coursework in methodology or, with the department’s assent, undertaking faculty-supervised fieldwork or laboratory research. Each student will normally be involved in fieldwork, in the broad meaning of the term, and in theoretical analysis.

    • Present and defend a thesis proposal.

    • Demonstrate an adequate knowledge of at least one language other than English, unless their program of study requires the intensive and time-consuming mastery of another research tool; demonstration of adequate language or equivalent knowledge can be accomplished in a variety of ways, a list of which is available in the Department of Anthropology’s Graduate Student Handbook.​

    • An approved Ethics Protocol for all students working with living organisms and modern human remains.

Program Length

4 years

Although the program has been designed for completion in four years, some students may require a longer period to complete all of the requirements.

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Anthropology’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Undergraduate students with strong backgrounds in anthropology or relevant disciplines (GPA of 3.70 or above in their last 5.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) and who have earned an appropriate bachelor’s degree with a concentration in anthropology or a cognate discipline may apply directly for admission to the PhD program.

  • All applicants are expected to have achieved grades averaging the equivalent of a University of Toronto A- or better in their last full year of study.

  • Applicants must satisfy the department that they have the appropriate background to enter a particular program of graduate study.

  • Two letters of reference.

  • A brief statement of interest (not exceeding 1,000 words).

  • Applicants are required to identify departmental members with whom they want to conduct PhD research. The department regrets that it cannot admit students to the PhD program, regardless of their qualifications, unless a supervisor is available.

Program Requirements

  • At the beginning of the academic year, each student will submit, with the SGS enrolment form, a program statement describing his or her plan to meet program requirements.

  • Students must complete 5.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 3.0 FCEs, normally taken in Year 1

    • 2.0 FCEs taken in Year 2, when work on the research proposal is also expected to begin.

  • Attain an annual average of at least A– to continue in the PhD program in good standing.

  • Submit research proposal by the end of the second session of Year 3 (e.g., May 1 for students who start in September).

  • Before proceeding to full-time research (achieving candidacy), students must:

    • Be resident on campus for one year.

    • Complete the minimum 5.0 FCEs (noted above), of which at least 1.5 FCEs are normally in anthropology.

    • Gain experience in research methods and design; requirement can be filled by completing coursework in methodology or, with the department’s assent, undertaking faculty-supervised fieldwork or laboratory research. Each student will normally be involved in fieldwork, in the broad meaning of the term, and in theoretical analysis.

    • Present and defend a thesis proposal.

    • Demonstrate an adequate knowledge of at least one language other than English, unless their program of study requires the intensive and time-consuming mastery of another research tool; demonstration of adequate language or equivalent knowledge can be accomplished in a variety of ways, a list of which is available in the Department of Anthropology’s Graduate Student Handbook.

    • An approved Ethics Protocol for all students working with living organisms and modern human remains.

Program Length

5 years

Although the program has been designed for completion in five years, some students may require a longer period to complete all of the requirements.

Time Limit

7 years