• Degree Offered: MA
  • Application Deadline: Jan.15 for funding consideration, March 15 without funding requirement
  • Study Options: Thesis 
  • Length: 2 Years
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter

UNB offers the only comprehensive anthropology program in the Maritimes, with graduate study in sociocultural, archaeological, forensic, and biomedical anthropology.

Recent UNB graduates have gone on to top doctoral programs in Canada and abroad, or work in government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector across the Maritimes, including Archaeological Services New Brunswick, as well as consulting firms.

Graduate students have access to teaching and research labs in archaeology and biomedical anthropology, student lounge, and seminar room in  the Anthropology building (Annex C) which also houses faculty offices.  Students have access to two additional labs - one for archeology and one for human osteology and forensics in other buildings on campus.

Our graduate students enjoy a close-knit  community with 15-20 students, including doctoral students in the Interdisciplinary PhD  program.

Research areas

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Medical and biological anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Bioarchaeology and forensics

Current faculty research

Archaeology of the Maritime Peninsula from human occupation of the North American continent up to post European contact with Dr. Sue Blair, Dr. David Black and Dr. Gabriel Hrynick. Graduate students in archaeology work closely with Cultural Resource Management in the consulting field, particularly with Stantec and Amec Foster Wheeler. 

Working with Maritime communities (including First Nations) to adapt to socio-environmental change, including the impact of climate change, aquaculture, and tidal power on the fisheries with Dr. Melanie Wiber. Dr. Wiber's work involves Fundy North Fishermen’s Association, the Fundy Weir Fishermen's Association, the Canadian Independent Fish Harvester's Federation, the St. Andrews Biological Research Station, and the Huntsman Marine Centre.

Working on resource extraction in Latin America and the Maritimes with Dr. Daniel Tubb. Dr. Tubb's research addresses the political economy of natural resources (mining, biofuels, and forestry) in Colombia from the perspectice of environmental and economic anthropology. He works with Afro-descendant communities in the Colombian Pacific, and is interested in supervising student research in Latin America and the Maritimes.

Medical anthropology, globalization, development and human health, including HIV/AIDS with Dr. Koumari Mitra.

Bioarchaeological studies of ancient health and stress at the Fortress of Louisbourg, NS with Dr. Amy Scott. Dr. Scott’s work focuses on biochemical studies of stress, skeletal growth and development, mortuary traditions, method development and excavation techniques. Graduate students have the unique opportunity to work hands-on with skeletal remains from excavation through to laboratory analysis.

Application requirements

  1. Applicants should hold a BA in Anthropology with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B) Average. 
  2. Applicants are required to submit a complete application, a one-page statement describing their interest, and a writing sample(e.g. and undergraduate paper)
  3. International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores of a minimum of IELTS band 7.


A MA-level teaching assistantship is valued at approximately $15,000 over 12 months. Outstanding students, such as those who hold a first class honours degree, are eligible to receive a top up Board of Governor Merit Award, or a Magee-Third Century Postgraduate Merit Award, which could add approximately $3000.00 over 12 months. A maximum of five semesters of funding is possible.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Melanie Wiber, Director of Graduate Studies, or Judy Babin, Graduate Secretary.

Office: Annex C, Rm. 28

Phone: 1-506-453-5071 

Related: Anthropology Graduate Program

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