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Doctorate in Philosophy Anthropology



What will I learn?

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.

The School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies offers the doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Anthropology. This program is offered full time in French and in English. That being said, the three required doctoral seminars are offered only in French.

In accordance with University policy, assignments, exams, major research papers and theses can be written in French or in English.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Tuition fees
CAD$6,366.57 (US$ 4,748) per year
CAN $2,122.19 per term. This fee is for 2021-2022, it may be subject to change.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected March, October 2023

Start date

9 January 2023


University of Ottawa

75 Laurier Avenue East,


Ontario (ON),

K1N 6N5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hold a master’s degree with an average of 75%, or B+ (calculated using your last 10 courses). TOEFL (paper-based) 550, TOEFL (Internet-based) 79, IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual skills 5.0.

For international students

For the most accurate and up to date information on application deadlines, language tests and other admission requirements, please visit the specific requirements webpage. To be admitted to the doctoral program in Anthropology, candidates should have a master’s in Anthropology (or equivalent) and have obtained a minimum GPA of 75 per cent (B+), which is calculated according to the guidelines of the University of Ottawa. A student who has a master’s degree with the minimum GPA but in a related field can also be considered for admission. The student may be required to enrol in some master’s courses in addition to their doctoral program requirements. The exact number of courses will be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee in Anthropology after review of the student’s file.

English language requirements

TOEFL 580 / IELTS Overall 6.5 - Individual 6.0 (Paper-based)
TOEFL 92-93/IELTS 6.5 overall – Individual 6.0 (Internet-based)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Ottawa

The university ranks within the top 1 per cent of universities globally, and the top 10 research-intensive institutions in Canada.

  • CAD 42 million in scholarships and bursaries on offer
  • 14 international student mentors to help students succeed
  • Ottawa is one of the safest cities in Canada
  • One of the world’s top 10 countries to live in

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