University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

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University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Anthropology
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,210


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.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or Test of Written English (part of TOEFL) [min. 5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests
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.

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.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on May 08, 2023