The Department of Anthropology accepts approximately 10 to 14 new students each year into a graduate student body numbering between 50 and 70 students. The graduate admissions process at UBC is a collaboration between the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Department of Anthropology.

The MA and PhD programs are administered by the Anthropology Graduate Studies Committee (AGSC) made up of the Graduate Advisor, three additional faculty members and two student representatives. The AGSC is responsible for admissions, awards, and oversight of students’ progress. The following guidelines set out the program in detail. Please study them carefully. Students are also subject to the regulations set out by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies ( If you have further questions, you should consult with your supervisor, the Graduate Advisor, or a member of the AGSC.

For detailed information on how to apply, see Application Procedures. If you have any questions after exploring these pages, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Assistant for Anthropology.